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GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:34:02 AM »
guys,
asked at O neills but they couldn't confirm
are Armagh getting a new jersey next year?
I wouldn’t think it - handy tip - Check O’Neill’s website. If the jersey is on sale at full price then no. If it’s reduced watch this space

still at full price. We must be having that for the third year
Dunno, could be full price for the Christmas Gouge and then on sale 26th December.

The Dublin jersey is reduced from 45 to 30
Will they not all be changing as the O'Neills symbol has changed?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 07, 2017, 09:27:00 AM »
Why, because he agreed with county board that he would go with a 26 man panel, a massive cost cutting excerise.
I'm sure the county board will be pretty upset that he added those 3 extra players ;)

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:12:39 PM »
Club underage is staying at U12, 14, 16, 18 for the coming season.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:50:15 PM »
First of all the good news about the Derry panel for 2018 is,as was flagged sometime ago, that Liam McGoldrick,Emmett Bradley,Terence O'Brien,Michael Bateson and Kevin Johnston are back.All are talented individuals who will add skill,pace and leadership qualities to the team.All will either be on the starting 15 or at least the match day squad and likely to enter the fray at some stage.Similarly one must applaud management in their selection of many young capable players as well.

What is most disappointing, however, is the  absence of many others including six men that one would have expected to be selected.For whatever reason and we do not know why( with the exception of Niall Loughlin who has gone travelling) six other key  players are missing from the panel.Danny Heavron,Sean Leo McGoldrick,Garth McKinless,Ryan Bell,Niall Holly and Emmett McGuckin are not picked. Heavron.Loughlin and McGoldrick would have been certain starters and the others would have at least been on the match day squad.

So it would appear to be a permanent feature of present day inter county teams that are not in the mix for provincial or All Ireland honours that many talented individuals drop out,are injured,not available or are not selected by management.With the exception of Niall Loughlin we do not know which category the other currently "missing " Derry players belong.

Be that as it may we  are where we are. We in Derry have a tendency of blaming managers for all the ills of the County team. Damian Barton was particularly badly treated in this regard as was Fergal P McCusker.Let us not add Damian McErlain to that roll call and get behind him and the new panel at once.We must hope that the spirit of the players that was so evident in Castlebar  against All Ireland finalists  Mayo last July will continue to inspire a new generation of Derry players.It is just so ironic that two of the stars of that game- Danny Heavron and Ryan Bell- are no longer on the panel.

Neither player were asked to be part of this years panel.

When Derry gave Mayo the scare of their lives last summer in Castlebar Derry scored 1-13. Niall loughlin 0-6, Ryan Bell 0-3 and Danny Heavron 0-1.

In my eyes Derry do not have many forwards on that panel capable of kicking a few scores from play vs. top inter county sides. Ryan Bell kicked 0-3 from play against all Ireland finalists and we all know how Heavron has performed this past few years for Derry. To leave them both out is Ludacris, especially when we are where we are as a county and some of the replacements wouldn't be fit to lace these fellas boots.
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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:48:51 PM »
A squad of 45 named in the new minor squad. Very noticeable the amount from South Derry on it-33 from South Derry,12 from North Derry. This squad has been picked by a Donegal man and a Tyrone man so no biased opinions this time

No surprise in that, south derry has always been where the football strong hold is in the county, your stating the obvious, however I fully take your point that it has been selected by a Donegal man.
Why does it matter where in Derry they are from? So long as the best players are picked I couldn't care less if they are from Bellaghy or Magilligan.
I was just stating the facts. It was very obvious and really stood out to me.

Take a look at the grading of teams from u14 to senior. More South Derry than North Derry teams in Divison 1 at every age group. Meaning the teams from South Derry are the stronger teams, because they have the better player and obviously if we are picking a panel of the best players their is going to be more from South Derry?

it's the exact same in the senior panel announced this morning.
Having read this post,isn't it ironic that the county training facility is in in North Derry and our County pitch is in Derry city. It makes you wonder. They invest so much money in the city yet all we have as a county to show for it so far is Neil Forester.
I'm not from the city but that's a negative post. There is some good work going on in the city and coaching at underage level in the city clubs has improved greatly. 3 city players on the minor squad just announced. There is a great opportunity to improve our Derry teams through the city and it is only beginning to be realised in my opinion.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2017, 12:18:51 PM »
A squad of 45 named in the new minor squad. Very noticeable the amount from South Derry on it-33 from South Derry,12 from North Derry. This squad has been picked by a Donegal man and a Tyrone man so no biased opinions this time

No surprise in that, south derry has always been where the football strong hold is in the county, your stating the obvious, however I fully take your point that it has been selected by a Donegal man.
Why does it matter where in Derry they are from? So long as the best players are picked I couldn't care less if they are from Bellaghy or Magilligan.
I was just stating the facts. It was very obvious and really stood out to me.
Fair enough. I would expect there to be more from South Derry but that is probably a slightly higher than usual amount. Was there a perception that there had been biased opinions when selecting the squad previously?

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2017, 11:55:34 AM »
A squad of 45 named in the new minor squad. Very noticeable the amount from South Derry on it-33 from South Derry,12 from North Derry. This squad has been picked by a Donegal man and a Tyrone man so no biased opinions this time

No surprise in that, south derry has always been where the football strong hold is in the county, your stating the obvious, however I fully take your point that it has been selected by a Donegal man.
Why does it matter where in Derry they are from? So long as the best players are picked I couldn't care less if they are from Bellaghy or Magilligan.

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General discussion / Re: 5 Sams - RIP
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:41:06 AM »
I did not know 5 Sams personally but he came across as a gentleman. His posts always seemed well reasoned and enjoyed him in the music/songs thread. From the stories on here he took time to help others out and seemed like a truly great person. RIP.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:16:11 AM »
Decent panel. Couple of fresh faces which is good to see. They probably need another goalkeeper. Thought McMullan might have got called up. He's been good this past few seasons. Something has to be up with Danny Heavron and/or the management as he is possibly our best player and is perfectly suited to the way the game is played now. Loughlin being away is a big miss also.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster JFC/IFC Club 2017
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:59:29 AM »
Divisional teams are not allowed to compete in provincial competition so I doubt An Ghaeltacht are a divisional side, but are they an almangamaion of dingle and other clubs or is that one area just called An Ghaeltacht?

One club, An Ghaeltacht. Dingle are a separate club. I wish more counties would adopt the Kerry system.
This would give Junior clubs around the country nothing to compete for nationally.

Just looking at my own county and basing on league positions, if we had the same numbers as Kerry in each championship, we would have something like the following:

Senior: Slaughtneil
Intermediate: Dungiven
Junior: Craigbane

That's too strong at Intermediate and Junior in my opinion and alienates Division 3 (currently Junior) in Derry.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Factors that can help you become a good footballer!
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:46:01 AM »
Was just thinking there about various factors (outside of training and practicing a lot) that help a Player develop into a great player.

Being the youngest in a family of lads who plays football - Cillian and Diarmuid O'Coonor, Michael Meehan and Colin Cooper come to mind.

Being given the role as free taker from an early age.

Having pull. If you come from a strong GAA family, your dad is the coach, etc. You'll get more chances to shine.

If you play for a good club with good players.

Learning from Players in your club that have played at the highest level.

Good coach(es) in your club.

Being naturally tall/strong/fast would be an advantage, things that can't be trained at a young age. Strength can be improved to a degree when older and speed ever so slightly but you get what I'm saying.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2017
« on: November 26, 2017, 04:24:09 PM »
Slaughtneil 1-15 Cavan Gaels 0-10 Full Time

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GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:47:59 PM »
Nice kit, but the stars...?

Stars are always a nice touch in my opinion.

Maybe, but Tyrone with three, ourselves sticking two on, Derry one... is it not all a little “small time” when you have Kerry, Dublin and even the likes of Cork, Meath and Galway out there with nothing on their jersey?
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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2017
« on: November 22, 2017, 09:37:21 AM »
Slaughtneil will be missing 3 starting forwards as P Bradley, M McGrath and C O'Doherty miss out. I would still expect them to sneak through but that's a serious blow. McGrath especially as he does a serious amount of running.

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I heard about the hip operations the same time as I heard about the MS shite as an 'either or' rumour so I didn't know what to think. It's a sad indictment of the intercounty game that one of the top players has to have hip surgery before he's 30. You would wonder where these ridiculous rumours come from. Thank God it was only a rumour.
Heard a doctor on the radio recently had to operate on both hips on an underage player on a county U15 panel most likely due to overtraining.

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