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Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: December 03, 2021, 01:47:01 PM »
Niall Handy mentioned in his recent report that he expects a number of retirements from the senior intercounty team . Could anyone shed some light on who these players could be ?

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Panels 2022
« on: November 17, 2021, 01:04:38 PM »
I've heard of a number of players who were asked to join the squad but turned it down as they intend to travel in 2022.
Next year's club championships could well be decided by which club has the least lads on Bondi Beach!

To add to that Iíve heard a number of Port lads will be unavailable for the club next year aswell as the county . Iíve heard Ronan Coffey is heading to Canada and Iíve heard rumours regarding Adam Ryan too along with others . Will Port even do the 3 in a row at this rate ?

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Panels 2022
« on: November 17, 2021, 01:44:26 AM »
Gone are the days you give up everything in your life to play football / hurling inter county,, top teams maybe but the lesser teams these young lads will be told by parents friends us here that playing with Laois your wasting your time  and after all there nearly right can anyone say here we have a genuine chance of wining Leinster or an all Ireland pre 07 we had a chance yes but now not a hope in hell ,any player has to look at it I play for Laois weíre gonna loose Iíll be branded shite so players in reality there nearly right ,,,itís shocking to say it but in reality your doing it for nothing as you will win nothing the holidays the beer nights out social media itís more appealing than keeping us happy of a wet and cold Sunday afternoon unfortunately and itís not just Laois the Carlows Leitrims of this world the list goes on,,we will not have our best players playing this year and lads are dropping like flies too itís a sad situation at the minute but itís not for changing unfortunately

Any word on what Portlaoise lads are committing town1980 ??

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Panels 2022
« on: November 16, 2021, 05:28:58 PM »
The reality is that young lads with social lives , work commitments, college commitments, girlfriends etc just donít want to commit to a winter slog of training 5 nights a week to eventually at the end of it all get battered to Westmeath by 16 points in the championship like last year or worse again 20+ points against a top team .
The reality is the more lads that donít commit the worse we will actually become. If a county like Laois does not have all the best players involved we will struggle to stay afloat . We need everyone but from what Iím hearing we wonít have everyone and far from it too .
 I really donít know how we can go about stopping the rot and the frightening thing is the worst still has to come . For us to have any Chance of putting it up to teams like Kerry , Tyrone , Dublin , Mayo , Donegal, Galway etc we would nearly have to go full time professional to do it . But that will never happen and players donít want to commit to the 5 night winter slog of amateur football which currently awaits them so I donít know what the solution really is from here .
I just think the stronger will get stronger and the weaker will get weaker . That trend will kill interest in counties like ourselves altogether. Anyways best of luck to Billy he will need it .

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: November 16, 2021, 01:25:28 PM »
Iím Hearing that Paddy OSullivan may be the only Port lad committing to Laois next year. Iíve heard Robbie Pigott , Sean Byrne and Colm Murphy wonít be commiting .
You would have to feel for Billy Sheehan if this is true as he will probably have to go with players from other clubs who arenít as good .
It really is a sign of the times in Laois . We will do well to stay in division 3 at this rate .

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: November 10, 2021, 01:51:11 PM »
I see Leinster council playing club semis in Croke park..some game changer for the teams to be playing there away from the normal muck and sh1ite at that time of year....
That's a great incentive. Port or Portlaoise will be at home to Garrycastle or Lomans with the winner of that getting to play in Croker.

A game in Croker against more than likely Kilmacud Crokes . It could be a long 60mins for whoever gets there

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: November 02, 2021, 03:11:24 PM »
After the weekends viewing I would presume that Billy Sheehan would be looking at a good few Portlaoise and Portarlington players to make up the core of his panel but Iíve heard that some of the key Port players wonít be committing to Laois next season . 90% of the other clubs in the senior championship really are not up to much at all . I thought Emo and Ballyroan were very very poor for two sides In a semi final .
Truth be told division 3 next year will probably see a lot of new blood ( unless we persist with Begley , Timmons , Dillon , Lillis , Ross, Oloughlin , Kingston, Walsh etc ) . A transition period awaits us very soon and it will unfortunately get worse before it gets better I think . No new players are really putting their hands up that already havenít been on the panel .
Itís a tough one , do we persist with the same tried and trusted servants next year ? Or do we rebuild from scratch with youth and potentially end up in division 4 and go from there ?

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: October 20, 2021, 05:24:04 PM »
I havenít seen Conor Brennan, Liam Delaney , Ciaran Carroll , John Rogers or Adam Brennan either  . They would of been key players for ballyroan in previous years

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: October 20, 2021, 05:13:55 PM »
I expect Portarlington to have a bit to spare over Emo. I think Ballyroan vs Portlaoise will be 50/50 and could go either way . Anyone know where Adam Dunne from ballyroan is ? I havenít seen him this year since Laois u20 footballers lost to Wicklow

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: October 14, 2021, 01:30:16 PM »
Think Portlaoise will beat O'Dempseys who will miss Shane Nerney a lot. Graigue and Port to win handily and BA to beat Courtwood. The relegation final could be very tight. A lot will depend on who each team will have available from their injury lists. I'll go for Ballylinan.

I think Benny Carroll if heís missing will be big loss to Portlaoise. He would be Portlaoise main foward and with Bruno no longer playing it makes Benny an even bigger loss. Any word on David Seale or Brody .

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 20, 2021, 05:32:11 PM »
I've seen a lot of matches in both codes over the last couple of weeks. We're not in a great place but at least the football looks quite competitive. I didn't go into the 2 early games on Sunday and though Port are worthy favourites, they're not miles ahead of the pack by any means.

Have to say I was very disappointed with Stradbally. They played into Graigue's hands. I had them as potential dark-horses but they looked a good deal off. Graigue will be there or thereabouts.

O'Dempseys laboured over Rosenallis. Hatch and Barry are dangerous but you'd worry if they are held. They look well-drilled.

Looking forward, I think we'll see wins for Clonaslee, Joe's, Emo and Stradbally.

Ballyfin and Ballylinan should win the relegation semi-finals.

Port favourites; Graigue second.
Very little between O'Ds, Ballyroan, Joseph's, Portlaoise and maybe Strad/Emo.

The fact that Graigue are still the second best team in the county probably means that everyone else is still a way off competing with Port. They should win the Laois championship again but I'm not sure I see them going very far in Leinster if they reached that stage.

Are Graigue really the second best team in the county though ? I know they got to last years final but they were well beaten by Port. Are they actually any better than Ballyroan, Portlaoise, St Josephís , ODempseys, Courtwood ??? Iím not sure . If you took Port out of it you would have a right dung heap

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:06:33 PM »
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2

By jaysus I am brilliant, there's nothing I don't know about football!

Jaysus thatís some going fair play . Who will win it out if you had to pick one ?

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 18, 2021, 11:59:47 PM »
I was at the game . I think we are blowing up the row a bit . It was mostly handbags. Iíve seen bigger hits in mass

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Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: September 17, 2021, 05:37:28 PM »
It should definitely be reduced to 12, if not 8 teams. Too many clubs can just win a single match against poor opposition and be happy enough to keep calling themselves Senior for another year. Stradbally are a good example of this. They won Senior in 2016, then seemed to take a few years off before deciding to give it a proper go again.

That said, fair play to Clonaslee on their win last night. Corbet should be given a chance to play out the field for the Seniors as he is very composed on the ball and can kick frees all day. That would give someone like Byron or even Brody if heís interested a chance to play in goals.
Brody shouldnít be let near a Laois senior panel if we have any decency about us

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 10, 2021, 01:12:18 AM »
Sugrue took over us when we were in division 4 when we couldnít go any lower and brought us up to division 3 then got a bit of luck and snook us up to division 2 then left.
In those two years could someone honestly name ONE half decent team that we beat in div 3 and div 4 ? If John stayed and faced into division 2 with us he would of eventually encountered the very same problems as Quirke .
Sugrue might make us somewhat competitive in division 3 next year but he wonít be performing any miracles Iím afraid.

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