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Hurling Discussion / Munster U25 Hurling Championship
« on: January 18, 2017, 12:05:17 PM »
From Hoganstand;

http://www.hoganstand.com/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=265142


I'm not sure of the point if counties are going to play U21 hurlers in it especially since its one of the age groups most likely to suffer from burn out!!


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General discussion / GAA Board format and layout
« on: October 20, 2016, 11:57:48 AM »
For some reason the layout and format of this page has went funny with me yesterday on three separate browsers,not sure of the issue.

Anyone else have this bother or know how to sort it?

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Hurling Discussion / De Qualifiers
« on: June 20, 2016, 12:23:15 PM »
All-Ireland Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1:

Wexford v Offaly

Westmeath v Limerick

Clare v Laois

Cork v Dublin


Two toughies to call in there. Will the home venue swing it the way of Wexford and Cork?

Hard not to see Clare and Limerick not continuing.

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General discussion / Buying goods online
« on: December 08, 2015, 11:19:34 AM »
Whats the story with some online shops (House of Fraser in this instance) offering goods reduced for Black Friday, which my wife ordered and the delivery was delayed, due to ' busy warehouse'.

Low and behold last night she got an email refunding her initial amount, no reason given. She rang them this morning and they told her that they'd no stock and could only offer her the refund, which she said she didn't want and would wait until they'd got stock, but this was a no no, computer says no type nonsense.

Can they do that?

And what sort of online shop offers items that they don't have stock of??

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http://www.gaa.ie/content/documents/HDC%20Action%20Plan%202015%20-%202018.pdf

Anyone have a chance to look at this?

Main crux is based around this U16/17 Celtic challenge tournament to be played off in Abbotstown or WIT.

TBH, there are some good things, i.e. try and increase the number and quality of coaches in certain counties, but I'd still like to see someone do more for club hurling fixtures within these counties as well as these high profile intercounty/development teams tournaments.

The likes of the 'hurl with me' program may get children involved initially, but what is going to sustain their interest if a structured approach within each of these 'Grow the Game' and 'Develop the Game' counties isn't there?

These HDC groups really need to be asking a lot of County boards about what they're doing for hurling and getting answers.

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Hurling Discussion / Leinster championship (Proper)
« on: May 14, 2015, 09:13:32 AM »
Decent, if unspectacular game played out in Croke Park yesterday with a draw about right as neither did enough to deserve the victory.

Thought Galway posed the bigger threat in front of goals, with Joe Canning missing a sitter in the first half and a few wayward passes meaning lost opportunities for other goals.

Was impressed with the two Galway corner forwards, Mannion in particular, but Flynn looked as if he can do a bit of damage as well, Joe realistically never struck leather and I was surprised he stayed on as long as he did, even moving Donnellan who was doing well in spells to the edge of the square was counter productive and needing reversing to get Galway back in the game.

The Dubs huffed and puffed a bit as well and although they took the lead in the second half, I thought they were the poorer of the two teams with only one real shot on goal, easily enough saved.

I'd have fancied Galway to do the business in the replay, but they're not firing on all cylinders and will give the Dubs a chance right to the end.



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Hurling Discussion / Hurling Refereeing and the let it go mentality.
« on: March 09, 2015, 12:49:08 PM »
Sat down to watch the Tipp Clare game yesterday and was a bit perturbed with what I saw.

To my mind the referee (in this instance Brian Gavin) has turned the tackle into a lottery and is now akin to football where its just a stream of pulling and dragging, overcarrying, arms around the neck and whatever else is now deemed acceptable in the spirit of letting the game flow..

It is now a matter of looking at the referee when he blows the whistle to see which actual foul he's blown for in the midst of the stream of fouls.

This kind of stuff is now being let go and in my mind its ruining hurling as hurling played in the correct format allows good defending and defenders to thrive, what we now have is the blacket of flailing arms, pulling at an opponent until they overcarry or drop the ball and then a ruck ensues.

Maybe I'm over reacting as its only early March, but the game is going down the wrong path unless, referees, coaches and their mouthes in the press catch themselves on as this crap isn't manly or any of that nonsense, its just cynical cheating and playing on the referee and what he'll let go and low and behold any referee now who has the audacity to blow this up, it will be them who's ruined the game and not the players and coaches who espouse such tactics.

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Hurling Discussion / AI Club hurling
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:45:27 AM »
Kilmallock see off Sarsfields of Cork AET to set up a meeting with Cratloe who put Thurles Sarsfields to the sword.

Wasn't overly impressed with the game on TG4 in Kilmallock, thought the ref let an awful lot of the spare arm around the man in possession tackling go which in turn led to overcarrying, and the ruck/maul situation quite a bit.
Sarsfields inability to keep the big lad away from the edge of the square coupled with the keeper coming out and missing the ball completely with a bat when I thought he should have come with the hand cost them a soft goal. Kilmallock then seemed to help them get back in the game by fouling in scoreable positions.
Kilmallock then managed to open a game in the second period of extra time, but their over reliance on Graham Mulcahy could cost them in a few weeks time.

I hear Thurles lost a man right from the throw in, must have been bad, anyone see it?



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I see the Leinster counties have voted to not allow Galway U-21's and minors to compete in the Leinster.

TBH I'd have thought that would have been something to go through congress as it would have serious implications for the AI structures in both competitions.


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Hurling Discussion / Have Offaly found their new Diarmuid Healy?
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:56:51 PM »

Fogarty to give coaching workshops in Offaly
17 October 2014

Kilkenny's Martin Fogarty

Following on from last month’s Offaly Hurling Forum in Birr, ex-Kilkenny coach Martin Fogarty is to conduct a series of coaching workshops in the Faithful County.

Brian Cody’s former right hand man will hold workshops for all county, club, school and squad team mentors as well as prospective team mentors on Monday, November 3, Monday, November 17 and Monday, December 1.

All three workshops will take place in Mount Bolus, near Kilcormac, at 7pm.

Last month's forum, which was addressed by Fogarty, was the first step in identifying the reasons why Offaly hurling has declined, coming up with solutions through a master plan and identifying the key people to implement it.



Can Martin Fogarty set in wheels the development Offaly need?

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Hurling Discussion / AI series (Qualifiers)
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:31:10 AM »
Draw:

   All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers Round 1 Draw:

Antrim v Offaly
Waterford v Laois
Tipperary v Kilkenny/Galway
Clare v Wexford

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First team has home advantage. Games to be played on Saturday, June 28/Saturday, July 5. Fixtures details will be confirmed by the GAA's CCCC in due course and will be announced first on GAA.ie.



Antrim will fancy their chances again with Offaly up in Ballycastle presumably.

One big gun is going to have a long summer between Tipp, Galway and Kilkenny. I bet Eamon O'Shea must think the hurling gods are against him!!

Liam Dunne will fancy his chances against Clare, but think they'll come up short.

Waterford to just have enough against Laois, but it won't be plain sailing..

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Hurling Discussion / Leinster Championship (Proper)
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:49:16 PM »
After the round robin goings on we're now into the knock out stages (well sort of), what chances of an upset in Portlaoise this Sunday?

TBH I think Antrim have a real chance of upsetting Wexford as they weren't a million miles away in the league and have proven that they've got some stability in a youngish team after the last few weeks winning albeit what may be deemed lower level opposition but still managed to beat Laois in Laois to secure this side of the draw.

Get the full bag of pick'n'mix into them and those Antrim lads can play off the sugar rush. If Kevin Ryan has the team talk out on this pitch at half time and cracks open the barrack busters, Wexford will be fleeing back up vinegar hill in double quick time.


Hard to see Laois beating Galway, but Galway historically just do enough in these games and should fear getting caught out as it may happen, but not on Sunday methinks.



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General discussion / 'Celebrity news' who gives a f**k?
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:42:39 PM »
Recently its been hard to miss the fact the some lad West and his chick got married and are honeymooning in Cork, not to mention today, two young lads in a boyband smoke a bit of a joint in the back of a car, but honestly who really gives a f**k about this shite and why on the radio in particular is it on all the time, 2FM are particularly bad on this irish gossip and radio 1 is blaring here in work with the UK shite.

Is there nothing more interesting happening in the world?


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General discussion / O2, has it shit itself again or is just my phone?
« on: October 12, 2012, 09:36:49 PM »
Anyone having problems with O2 today? I've had no coverage since late morning with only emergency calls available.

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