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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:34:23 AM »
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.

Jesus that is some begrudgary the day after a county final.

It’s points to an age old problem in Laois first impressions are fact,  this year Ricky got himself in super shape worked hard and shoved it down everyone’s throat.  Actually a lot more the type of personality in Laois that we should be looking for.  I don’t know him from Adam but he should be proud of himself this year and is an example to every young player out there. Nothing like getting rewarded for hard work.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:53:52 PM »
I think Ricky had a right year, It's hard to judge a team when essentially they are playing the scoreboard.  I think Portlaoise played poorly and probably should have won easier they seemed to play in patches we shall see how they go by the end of the year.

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Laois / Re: Laois Divisional Championship
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:10:09 AM »
I think the fact everyone showed up is the big positive here, they all want to make the Laois panel which is huge.  Credit where credit is due to Sugrue, managements  , the County Board, players & supporters for getting behind it.  It definitely has possibility’s, a scoreboard would be a huge help in the Center of Excellence.

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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:27:28 PM »
Quality piece of journalism.

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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 09, 2018, 11:56:16 AM »
I didn’t see what happened but video should be reviewed and sanctions handed out,  if this is deliberate then the sanction should be penal.  We all live in the real world, Ross has to go to work this week.  If it was an accident move on,  if deliberate and nasty it needs to be stamped out.  County Board needs to act if deliberate, short term may hurt Camross long term we are all better off.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:42:21 AM »
I think LaoisToday got it wrong, not the County Board.  The first story suggests "they understand" rather than anything concrete.

1st Article https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/10/06/breaking-major-boost-for-portlaoise-as-bruno-cleared-to-play-in-final/

2nd Article https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/10/06/portlaoise-star-forward-will-miss-county-final-after-all/

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 06, 2018, 08:16:16 AM »
I have not seen the video, so can someone without an agenda or an axe to grind tell me,  was Bruno sent off correctly or incorrectly ?  if so there is no case to answer, if yes then that's another story.  The video's are pretty good as we have used them all year so if they show nothing then there was nothing.  Bruno is able to handle himself but I would not have him down as a dirty player so I was surprised at him being sent off.

As for Portlaoise working well as club,  I am not trying to throw a spanner in the works.  But PortlaoiseKid your synopsis is that of a Portlaoise man,  it's really a case of we are winning the Senior nothing to see here.  I am not saying a second club is the answer as I believe at this stage, it would have to be ran by the County Board till such a time as it can run itself.  But Clonad, Ratheniska and Heath are the solution and I think they are starting to realize this,  a super strong Portlaoise while in the short term is good for Portlaoise, I feel it is not a good long term solution for Laois or Portlaoise.  Also on this the divisional sides while a nice side show are not the solution in Laois.  I actually fear for Portlaoise long term, as there is a malaise within that club that is serious.  The Senior Team as I have said before is covering up a multitude of problems.  Maybe they will sort them out but it's been going on a while now.  Serious competition for hearts and minds in the town I feel would rejuvenate the club and in would in the long run be good for Portlaoise, but wiser heads than me think different.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:33:08 PM »
Graiguecullen were in the relegation semi or final year before Clancy took over. 

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Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:18:02 PM »
I agree and we proposed it 8),  no choice members of our club wanted it. 

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:16:15 PM »
I know Joe's were poor but Portlaose looked awesome, with a superb bench as well. Hadn't seen much club football over the last year but from reading here I expected Joe's to have a young, pacy team that might hurt Portlaoise. It looked like Portlaoise had all the pace in fact. They look very well prepared.

40-1 for the All-Ireland looks a good bet to me.

On the other match, I thought the entire O Dempseys half forward line could step up to a higher level. All 3 looked very good to me.

I think they look serious, because they are so dominant, people are overlooking how much they improved over the last year.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:24:45 AM »
Hello Football Folk,

I’m a hurling man but would  be very interested to hear more detail on the Portlaoise set up & the culture created by Malachy McNulty, how their management team is set up & operates?
Ballyroan Abu referred to it & plenty of more Portlaoise contributors here, just as an overall interest in top class set ups with successfully clubs, very little detail out there,
Obviously he’s a shrewd manager with mature, committed players, has anyone more of the nuts & bolts of the set up??

Would he be in line to replace John Sugrue down the line

One player is a shining example of the culture of Portlaoise " Ricky Maher" 3 or 4 years ago an intermediate player all day long.  I would be shocked now if his not one of the first names down.  He has improved out of all recognition.  Moving on, I do think we have serious problems in Laois GAA the lack of GDA's and games promotion is killing us.  There is not enough GDA's we need more, how we finance this is open to debate.  I have said many times the Center of Excellence will destroy us, unless we can find additional funding.  We seem to be budgeting (Exceptionally well may I add) to pay for a Center of Excellence but there is a cost to this in Games Promotion, GDA's, Development Squads etc.   I don't have the answer to this but we need more money or we will have a fine Center of Excellence without the players to grace it. 

If Malachy was not in for consideration when Sugrue steps down I would be highly surprised,  if anyone remembers the rumors when he took over Portlaoise were meant to be on the decline.  I have a feeling they are better than ever and this might be a big year for them.


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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: September 30, 2018, 11:09:10 PM »
I would say this is the best conditioned Portlaoise team ever,  they are a different level to anything else in this County and the levels of commitment are mind blowing.  Malachy has created a culture with them that is simply different level to anything else, as I have said before their football in my opinion is their weakest aspect.  They will destroy O Dempsey's too,  I really think they are working harder than the rest of by a factor of two and it's showing.   It does help you have somewhere between 20-40 lads with the same mentality but the advantage is not raw talent more competition for places.  The fact is that everybody is under pressure for their spot.  The scary thing is if they can keep this mentality up they only need 1 or 2 new bodies every year to keep the system flowing.  I would be disappointed if they don't have a right go at the All Ireland Club.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:59:04 PM »
I think we are looking at an absolute hammering Portlaoise will dish out to St Joseph’s,  this is a very decent version of Portlaoise who look surely will run well in the All Ireland Club.  Portlaoise by 10.  I give O Dempsey’s the nod against Graigue.

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Laois / Re: Laois Intermediate Football Championship 2018
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:00:39 AM »
Delighted for Courtwood, and delighted for the integrity of the IFC.
Mountmellick are reaping what they sowed.

They have essentially become sellswords, to use a certain lingo!

The integrity of the IFC ? a bit of a reach here, nice to see Courtwood win the IFC but Mountmellick have done nothing wrong.  They of course need to work on their juvenile setup.  I was not at the game but sounds like Courtwood have a decent team.

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Laois / Re: Laois Intermediate Football Championship 2018
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:46:50 AM »
I don't really have a problem with Gael's teams,  Mountmellick were relegated as a Gael's team they are entitled to come back up as a Gaels team.  Courtwood had no problem with being part of St Paul's as a juvenile team they were were "Gaels" in all but name.  Whoever wins has to take on a team with roughly 1/5 of the counties population in Senior.  I think Portlaoise are stronger than ever and come County Final Sunday we will all be screaming for Gaels teams.  I think the promotion of the games in towns like Mountmellick, Portlaoise, Portarlington & Graiguecullen is seriously flawed.  I believe as a county this is what we should be thinking about,  asking the question "Why a town the size of Mountmellick is taking the Gael's option"  or "Why don't Portlaoise have a second team or is there an alternative solution".  The reality is at the moment Laois is falling behind at development level and this is where we should be focusing.  I said last year I fear the Center of Excellence will result in the fall of funding from all ready under funded area's within Laois Football and Hurling.  We really need to get our act together with Games Development and fast otherwise all that will be in the Center of Excellence will be teams far from Excellence. 

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