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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 05, 2022, 08:51:11 AM »
Heard from a reputable figure in Down GAA circles this morning in Urban that Laverty is senior manager and Benny the minor manager. They just have to finalize the backroom teams.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 04, 2022, 09:16:53 AM »
It's mad to think that Glenn is in trouble of heading to division 3, they need a win in the Stone tomorrow night

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GAA Discussion / Re: East Belfast GAA
« on: August 03, 2022, 03:16:26 PM »
I see a new pitch for them has been halted due to bigotry, Bryson stoking it up the p***k

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2022, 08:50:59 AM »
Yep!

Being a reserve manager, and watching your team’s spine being ripped apart in a dead rubber SFC match, is as little fun as you can have in the GAA.

Tbh, I think that if a) we will continue with the back door in SFC/IFC , and b) we will continue with Reserves being finished before the first team championships, then I think the right system is that anyone who played (even for a minute) in 2 or more first team championship matches the previous season, should be excluded (and your named 13 has to come from this list). And in the unlikely event that a club doesn’t end up with 13+ excluded players, it then reverts to the named 13 they dream up.

Onus should be on club secretaries to return a list of excluded players before the start of the season.

Excluded lists should be listed on the website, I do not see why they don't.

If playing reserve championships before senior etc then it should be excluded senior 16 intermediate 14 and junior 12 players.

The B competitions are good but seed the first round of fixtures as it will be Burren v Clonduff in the final of the PRFC B this weekend.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 02, 2022, 03:36:26 PM »
The reserve championships need to be looked at for next year. They should start after the first round of the senior, inter, and junior championships. Kilcoo, Carryduff, Burren, and Mayobridge are in the reserve finals this week and they have the biggest panels so this way suits them. Micheal Rooney got Ulster player of the year in 2021 and is playing in a reserve championship. That is not right.

Relegation was always going to be a hard one for this season and when the fixtures came out it was a race to get into the top 4 and secure your status and start preparing for the championship. The top 4 in divisions one and three are being played cautiously and teams and giving players the opportunity to experience top-flight football. They were awarded the opportunity when they finished in that position.

The race for the last relegation spot in one is very hard to call.  Carryduff and Bryansford have tough games in the run-in. Next year division 2 will be interesting and I do not think the team who joins the bottom 3 will have a cakewalk in division 2 next year.

By the same token if Micheal Rooney or any other footballer for that matter, player of the year or not, is studying overseas and can’t return to play Senior football on a Friday night but has a chance to play for their club on a Saturday…do we want to block this? It’s not as if Kilcoo are putting out 7/8 starting seniors every reserve match. I would argue in this case the system has worked well for a fella like Micheal.

I just think that the reserve championships are dominated by the same clubs year on year and these rules are helping them increase the stranglehold. When has a second division team last won a reserve championship in any manner?

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 02, 2022, 10:30:13 AM »
The reserve championships need to be looked at for next year. They should start after the first round of the senior, inter, and junior championships. Kilcoo, Carryduff, Burren, and Mayobridge are in the reserve finals this week and they have the biggest panels so this way suits them. Micheal Rooney got Ulster player of the year in 2021 and is playing in a reserve championship. That is not right.

Relegation was always going to be a hard one for this season and when the fixtures came out it was a race to get into the top 4 and secure your status and start preparing for the championship. The top 4 in divisions one and three are being played cautiously and teams and giving players the opportunity to experience top-flight football. They were awarded the opportunity when they finished in that position.

The race for the last relegation spot in one is very hard to call.  Carryduff and Bryansford have tough games in the run-in. Next year division 2 will be interesting and I do not think the team who joins the bottom 3 will have a cakewalk in division 2 next year.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 01, 2022, 04:43:14 PM »
Any decent reports from Kilcoo Burren game on Friday?

Was talking to a few older Burren patrons and they were very impressed with how the team is going. Don’t know where all the reports are coming from for the discontent. According to a couple of prominent Burren men in Grounded, they see themselves as favourites for the championship. Apparently the bad blood over the last few weeks with the magpies has been the perfect motivation to take them to the next level. Are Burren worth a few pound in the bookmakers?

Who is most likely to go down from Div 1B? Starting to think RGU will go down as it looks like a straight shootout when they play Loughinisland in two weeks time!

Kilcoo had not one starter in the forward line from the All Ireland final in their starting forward line so I would hold off on organizing the victory parade through Warrenpoint. Kilcoo seconds are looking strong In premier reserves so I do not see the Kindgom collapsing just yet.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 28, 2022, 04:24:58 PM »
Broken jaw

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Colm McAlarney and Benny Coulter both played minor and senior footballer in the same day for Down such was their talents.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 27, 2022, 08:44:21 AM »
Gallagher has done very well with Derry but he's a core of players that have reached 6 of the last 8 Ulster minor finals. Surely Down need to sort their underage set up (massive potential) as much as appointing a top dog!

Down u16s are in an All Ireland B final and beat Mayo last week in Mayo.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2022, 03:40:52 PM »
 Laverty and Gilligan would be great with mickey moran as an advisor to them.

I think Moran could be coaxed back into a ticket of some sort.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2022, 10:00:05 AM »
Down boys playing well in Chicago. Barry O Hagan has scored 4  21 in 3 games the stand out player. Three kilcoo boys playing really well Ryan Johnston, Dylan Ward and Caolim Docherty. From what I can see they should be playing County.
Dont know where you heard that from.The Kilcoo ones are generally subs in the games so far in Chicago.

What standard is that though, East Down reserve league stuff?

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 26, 2022, 09:58:07 AM »
Wee James no surprise, the only surprise is that he left it so long. Down are at a low ebb but it’s probably a good time to take that job as they can’t sink much lower but they need to begin to try and heal the club rifts which will be difficult. Maybe an outside man like Banty alongside Laverty and Poacher.

What club rifts?

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2022, 09:55:06 AM »
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Ohh I fully agree we need someone like Gallagher who will take no shit but there isn't many of his elk around as far as I know??.. Back to O'Neill only thing I can think for him to leave would be the travelling, I'm not sure where he is living why I would even approach him just to see if somewhere closer to home would be of interest too him.

Malachy O'Rourke is another name I wouldn't mind us going for although depends how Glen go in Derry if he'll want to change.
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Please understand we are probably the least attractive county job out there at present. No regular training facility, an inept county board, players who would rather spoof on a podcast than put their shoulder to the wheel, players who won’t commit to the county, huge player turnover in last few years - I agree with previous poster about it being a 5 year project - but that’s two fold
1. People giving the management team that length of time to build and maintain a group of players
2. Players willing to put everything into the cause for this period of time with possibly little reward but in the knowledge they are leading us in the right direction again.
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The county executive is trying their best and they are trying to take the county forward, let's be honest ten years ago so the country's finances were in a dire mess, and time was spent getting these correct and they are in a better position now becuase of this. It's very easy to blame a few dedicated volunteers who probably spend all their spare time sorting stuff off. I laugh when I see comments on Facebook or Twitter saying sack the county board. Yeah right as there have been loads of nominations for officers at  convention recently. Before you complain have you volunteered?

Whoever we get needs the players to respect the manager the jersey and the tradition of Down GAA. Last year the PLAYERS did not respect the jersey, if they felt the setup was not perfect then that's okay but do not disrespect the jerseys and history of this county. Spilling the beans to that clown Colm Parkinson served no purpose and it made us look like a laughing stock.

Laverty might not be everyone's cup of tea but I think he would get rid of the spoofers and get a winning culture.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 26, 2022, 08:49:10 AM »

Jason Sherlock could be Monaghan's next manager Picture: Seamus Loughran.

DOWN are on the look-out for a new manager following James McCartan’s decision to step down last night after one year in charge.

In a statement, the Down County Board thanked McCartan and his backroom staff, including Aidan O’Rourke and Ronan McMahon, for their service since taking charge last November.

“James McCartan will always be regarded as an iconic figure of Down football,” read the statement.

“He has given outstanding service to his county as a player and manager, and we wish him well.”

The double All-Ireland winning forward stepped into the breach after county officials missed out on trying to land former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

Down officials will now embark on yet another managerial search.

Conor Laverty, Benny Coulter, Marty Clarke, Steven Poacher would be regarded as the new generation of coaches emerging in the county, but the big question is whether any of them would feel they’d have the tools to turn the job into a success.

Clarke and Poacher are currently managing Mayobridge, while Coulter has moved to Rostrover. There were rumours linking the latter to the Down minor post while Kilcoo’s Conor Laverty, another highly-rated coach, is making gains with Down’s U20s but may feel the timing is not right to step into the senior post.

The experienced Ross Carr is currently with north Belfast club Ardoyne Kickham’s and it remains to be seen if the split season would tempt him back to the role he held back in the mid-to-late ‘Noughties’.

McCartan’s year in charge was a tumultuous one. Player departures, poor results and disciplinary issues summed up 2022 for the Down footballers, while Caolan Mooney later weighed in with some stinging criticism of the set-up.

Despite Mooney’s acerbic assessment it was generally accepted McCartan taking on the job at such short notice was a generous act on his part but chances of success were always limited.

It was no surprise the Mournemen were relegated to Division Three of the National Football League before being swept aside by Monaghan in the Ulster Championship.

McCartan had threatened to walk out on the eve of the Monaghan game after some players breached an agreed curfew while on a training weekend in Dublin.

Down’s season finished in a first round Tailteann Cup defeat to Cavan.

In his first spell in charge, McCartan guided his native county to the 2010 All-Ireland final and generally raised standards for the next four seasons in charge.

Since then, Jim McCorry, Eamonn Burns (RIP) and Paddy Tally have all held the post.

Down's club championship begins at the end of August.

Meanwhile, Jason Sherlock is expected to be installed as Monaghan senior football manager next week with former team-mate Kevin Nolan understood to be in line to assist him.

Monaghan officials are keen to find Seamus McEnaney’s successor before the start of the club championship which gets underway next month.

Sherlock comes with tremendous pedigree having starred for the Dublin footballers and won an All-Ireland title in his first season in 1995.

After his inter-county retirement in 2013, he became later part of Jim Gavin’s backroom team and was also joint manager of the Dublin minor team in 2017.

The Monaghan post is a daunting assignment for the next manager. And if Sherlock accepts the offer, he will probably have to oversee a rebuilding job.

Darren and Kieran Hughes, Karl O’Connell and Conor McManus are in the twilight of their inter-county careers but there are no indications that any of these Monaghan stalwarts are considering retirement at this stage.

Nolan, who played alongside Sherlock for the Sky Blues in the ‘Noughties’, has been playing his football for Monaghan club Cremartin in recent years and would know the local scene well, which would be of huge benefit to the new manager.

Meanwhile, Colm O’Rourke has taken the plunge and accepted the role of Meath senior football manager and will be assisted by former Meath footballers Stephen Bray and Barry Callaghan.

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