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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:00:19 AM »
Disappointing day.Seniors when down to 14 played with a bit of fire and only for lack of composure in front of the posts we might have sneaked through.All not lost for this squad and a run in the back door is very possible.
PD was very mentally strong today especially after his miss.Arthur deserves his chance at at least a half and Packie too made an impression when he came in.
McCorry maybe brought on the wrong Johnston with the way the game was going Ryan maybe was a better option for breaking the Derry lines. Lots to look forward to and a good draw would help.

Minors well that was putrid , only for the lucky goal we were devoid of ideas.Conceding 3.10 in last competitive match and then 2.11 today = zero strategy.Seemed like a Newry team with most players either from Newry or very close to it.No passion at all , more like a soccer set up , feel sorry for the players .Abbey yard ball spectators would have a better idea !Maybe if the management signed up for the Crumlin Road Gaol Fundraiser they'd get another year but hopefully our Co Board does the right thing and not fall for that .Taxi for management .Maybe Newry Town or Warrenpoint soccer could utilise them but my God  get them away from our future .
Looking at our underage we are in dire straits -does our Co Board care? Is it who you know? Who you work for ?

Look at the Dev Squads , Minor Management ,who leads our u15 , u16 a joke- clowns , do we care ?I'm sure a few Daddies about positioning themselves for their sons too...TP Murphy would't lead like that but .....

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:27:37 AM »
Listen , U 21 s,Minors and Development Squads are in utter chaos .
PO has been put in to oversee initially .Anybody who asks to be involved as a coach in Development Squads is accepted ,The Down Way.
Minor setup  a total joke with PO waiting in the wings to take over.

This year is a follow on from the disaster last year v Tyrone with the glove man on board now.
Now we are at the business end for the minors and not meaningless games in March Ulster League let's watch the results v Donegal on Saturday and Derry in championship.
The standards of behaviour and comments from them are maybe best suited in The Carnbane League.
Everything about Down Football has been so innovative recently , U21 s  F made a total mess of that but he
has the ear of the Boss , rumours circulating that he wants minors too....  PO won't like that .You couldn't make it up .

The silver lining has been seniors and these guys have been a credit and great ambassadors for Down Football , I'm sure they are embarrassed at what is happening down the ranks.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:26:10 PM »
What a comeback yesterday , really getting a good feeling so far but concerned with lack of physical presence up front.
Rumours flying about minors in turmoil .
The set up is finished and ex senior manager is coming in to take over.PO was put back in to county to take over minors in few years but looks like he is in now ,a little earlier than planned.
Things are at an all time low , morale among the squad and confidence in the set up all but gone.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:43:32 PM »
Report is Board not happy at all with training numbers and whole set up very dissappointing.Don't be surprised if set up resigns before they are pushed.
Needs to happen very quickly as these young men are worth more than this.Down Football deserves better.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:53:39 PM »
Reports filtering through that we need a new County Minor Manager.
Any truth ? What happened ?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:02:50 PM »
Any lads going to McRory game tonight ? Abbey could be dark horses this year .

Down / Re: Bridge for championship
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:01:14 PM »
Bridge , when Benny and Wash were in their prime won championships when other clubs were so so poor.Now with both finished , well Benny could do a good 15 / 20 minute job they are up against it to even compete to be honest with Kilcoo or Burren.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:07:05 PM »
Congratulations to all in Castlwellan GAC on their big win today in Bobby Dalzell Cup , meant a lot to all in the town.
East Down as strong as ever in the competition .The Gaelic Football is great for the lads over the Summer but to win Bobby Dalzell Cup is what it is all about in East Down and The  Town.Real Town Spirit today.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:12:51 PM »
Any word on training squad ?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 13, 2013, 05:56:47 PM »
Looks like a year where Down needs to go for youth ,Division 2 might be the right environment for that Benny is no longer worth a start but could be a last 15 minute impact sub.
This should be a changing of the guard season and there are some good young prospects.
A new captain too will help also .Any suggestions , any of you know who are the good talkers in the changing room and natural leaders if given that role .?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:07:26 PM »
I wish it was so rosey , lots of names that are available now .But looking through ones mentioned in last post they are not up to it .Let's go through them -
Carr ,been there before and older now  and not up to it before.
Doyle ,struggled for years with injuries , never been fit for years ,unlucky but taking up a spot on the panel that would be better used by a younger player .
Shay McArdle , not ready arrange for him to carry out a strength and conditioning programme and send back to club and monitor him there.
O'Hagan , again monitor his club form but not ready and watch his commitment.
Fitzpatrick , in 2010 seemed he had a future but needs a serious amount of training and conditioning ,a possibility.
Johnstons , neither up to intercounty level at this stage ,send back to club and monitor.
On the postive side
Danny Savage  seems to be learning his trade , fast great left foot will be interesting to see if he makes UUJ Sigerson starting line -up in new year but signs are good.
McGinn  Sigerson helping him back up to speed and signs are good and Poland's position could be under threat
Young Kilcoo players  Darragh O'Hanlon and Paul Devlin need to be played and brought through and Nial McEvoy a very athletic player also.
Garvey a great player.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:45:38 PM »
Our fella you enjoyed both games but I was thinking back to The Celtic Park Embarassment we only had 3 of the starting team whereas Derry had 6 starters .
I feel it has been useful for us alright but my concerns would be bringing players in who couldn't cut it before .Liam Doyle is a bit of a punt , great fielder but really would need a serious amount of training and conditioning work , not convinced it is a wise move but I could be wrong - does offer options as a left footed free taker rather than Donal hitting them on the right wing .

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:53:29 PM »
Anybody get over to Cross for Derry game?
Reading the paper seemed like a good comeback.If we only could get scoring forwards looking back to the Qualifier embarrasment in Celtic Park where we only got one point from play that day.This competition and McKenna Cup will be worthwhile if we could unearth a few ball winning scoring forwards rather the continual reliance on Donal O'Hare.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:33:31 PM »
Jim no doubt about McCorry , a class manager .What will happen now is that he will

A, Stay and this is a negotiation ploy   or

B.Finish up with Kilcoo and wait a year or 2 for Down Senior Post

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:14:37 PM »
Jim , no chance with that  probably a negotiating ploy !

Why could Burren not turn to men within the club ?The problem is too many wanting to critiise others from inside the club.I feel it is time a man like Brendan McKernan stepped up to the plate and manage the club and no need for an outsider trainer either.He managed the county u21s.Maybe a return for Paddy O'Rourke ?
Burrren needs Burren people managing to create that missing ingredient .The amount of money Burren has spent in the last 15 years and to get just 2 titles with the history that is there is senseless.Time to go for an insider.

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