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GAA Discussion / Re: Donegal - A mess
« on: March 23, 2023, 05:55:57 PM »
It's all about the money. And there's plenty of it in Donegal.

Did players want rid of Carr but were OK with O Rourke and Bradley? Or were they looking rid of whole lot. Wondering if there was a split in management camp....three a bad number!  You have to think this is teed up for some kind of Murphy, Lacey involvement. Saw this coming a country mile surprised if I'm wrong.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 07:37:29 PM »
Prefer to roll myself with the old adage that whatever dosent kill you makes you stronger. 😉

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 21, 2023, 03:55:12 PM »
Was wondering how the heck LD could beat Cargin on their showing against us. In fairness to Cargin that's quite a MIA list. Not many clubs could withstand that amount of players unavailable. No doubt you'll have every one back when you play us lol.

Don't know about other clubs but we are badly hit this year with weddings and stag weekends. One fella has 13 lined up he can't get out of!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 20, 2023, 12:04:42 PM »
John McKeever won't miss too much sleep either if Casements lose a league game or two either. His focus is solely on building a panel and squad rotation. Late start back at it this year (despite what others believe) and for the record our team yesterday was minus 7 players that started on our last championship game.

Nobody getting too excited about what happens in March!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 19, 2023, 11:10:23 PM »
Totally disagree Bigball. BIg Niall at 6 ft 6 always going to look a bit clumsy against  someone a foot smaller. No malice whatsoever in the tackle. More often sinned against than sinned. What a player by the way, must have caught 8 balls against the head. Is there a better midfielder in. Antrim football atm ????

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 19, 2023, 10:05:37 AM »
Forget about club representation CB, or who may or may not add to the current mix and let what Andy is building continue to evolve and improve. When that happens everyone good enough or fit enough will want to be on board. When the current injury list frees itself up there will be sufficient competition for starting jersey and places on match day panel.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 19, 2023, 07:44:24 AM »
Make no mistake this is a huge achievement on a lot of levels. To go ten points up against a Cavan team chasing promotion, that toyed with us last year at the same venue, is mind blowingly impressive.

To do it without some of the stars of the season so far (Peter Healy, Oisin Leneghan, Big Pat, midfielders Conor and Kevin, Ryan, Dermot and Adam - plus medium term injuries Paddy Mc Aleer and Jamie Gribben - elevates the level of impressiveness even more.

To remain secure with a panel that was depleted of its spine right up the middle before a ball was kicked - Oisin, Ricky, James. MIck, Conor, Tomas , Paddy C etc - and as a result much of its on pitch leadership - is truly amazing.

Such was level of transition I feared we would drop a division to allow the rebuild time to settle, and to do so without having to deal with the fall out of the negativity that would surround that is a massive plus.

A lot of the players headed out in Belfast last night, city and country lads together. and somewhere in Dunboyne I hope Andy was sipping a good red, content in the knowledge he has achieved his main target for the season and the rest of it is in his hands ...and the debacle of Mullingar is whitewashed from the psyche.

Maybe we can all get fully behind this now.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division Three 2023
« on: March 18, 2023, 08:51:32 PM »
Antrim make it to safety with a game to play. Delighted!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 18, 2023, 08:46:02 PM »
Full Time in Newry. Down beat Longford so Antrim are officially safe in Div 3 with a game left.  Sincere congratulations to management and players on excellent achievement. 

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 18, 2023, 07:47:30 PM »
Come on Down. 9 a piece atm, approaching HT. Not safe yet!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 18, 2023, 03:46:59 PM »
Brilliant gutsy display against all the odds. Makes the Westmeath result all the stranger, can at least put that to bed now. With a bit of pressure off Andy can start to build the squad he wants and have rattle at Tailtean Cup and have settled panel for next year.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 17, 2023, 08:38:59 AM »
Lol lol lol....its because a club has a county officer on the line!!  Surely you can do better than that. You're just waiting now, rubbing your hands and hoping Cavan put 20 points on us, so you can come on and spout about how wonderful Enda was. Do you even support the county at this stage??

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 16, 2023, 08:54:19 PM »
Sure, those aren't good stats. Pitiful isn't an exaggeration. But we have been pitiful for years haven't we -
bouncing around the basement divisions.

Of those 8 games which ones were you expecting to win, as we were huge odds against in the vast majority of them. And what would you like to see done differently or that Andy hasn't thought of? Honest question...not looking to have a huge debate.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 16, 2023, 07:56:55 PM »
EMG had access to the best players in the county and Cavan toyed with us. There were lists going around at the start of the league showing up to a dozen players retired or unavailable....on top of that Ryan, Jordan , Dermot, are on injured list along with two or three others!

The team Andy sends out will have a real rookie look to it so if we are competitive against a Cavan team who are looking every inch a team still progressing and heading straight to Div 2 I'll be happily surprised.

Antrim are a work in progress, full of transition, and Longford away is definitely no gimme either. Time for cool heads and a bit of trust as well as patience. IMO...

General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: March 14, 2023, 06:35:31 PM »
Probably never see a reception like that one Honeysuckle Rachel and The De Bromheads got in the winners enclosure ever again. That exemplified what horse racing is all about.

Constitution Hill is a star and may be the best NH horse ever before its over, but today will always be remembered for the mares champion.

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