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Laois / Re: Other sports
« on: January 18, 2022, 10:32:57 AM »
I see Robert Piggott and Sean Byrne are playing rugby with Port. Both are a massive loss to the Laois footballers.

Laois / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2022
« on: January 09, 2022, 09:54:17 PM »
Shocking result, would be acceptable for hurling... not football.
Can't find any match report or lineup anywhere.

and theres the issue right there

some in the Football Fraternity labouring under the impression that football in the county is better than what it actually is

The Footballers got torn apart by a Division 4 Team today

Thats the level they are at
I read that as it's more acceptable to lose by that margin in hurling than football not the way you did.
Anyway, I really doubt there are very few from the "football fraternity" who think our football team are currently anything other than in a bad way. We've haemorrhaged players from last year's squad and have seen countless lads turn down Sheehan's invite to play. I'll be thrilled if we stay up, beat Wicklow in championship and maybe win a game or two in the second tier championship.
It was a tough day for the lads who are on board yesterday. Not many bright spots. James Finn looks a good addition. And good to see his clubmate Sean Moore playing the full game. The more county football he gets, the better. Mark Barry was good too. He knows where the posts are. Hopefully we'll see a few more faces Wednesday night and also next Saturday.

Laois / Re: leinster club championship
« on: December 07, 2021, 05:02:00 PM »
Isn’t Russell a Laois man? He seems to have a long history of being biased against us….years ago it was Offaly and Vinny Claffey/The Millinnnnnneeeeium Man.
He appears to have moved onto Westmeath in more recent times!
A Clonaslee man I believe.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: November 05, 2021, 03:49:24 PM »
I see Leinster council playing club semis in Croke park..some game changer for the teams to be playing there away from the normal muck and sh1ite at that time of year....
That's a great incentive. Port or Portlaoise will be at home to Garrycastle or Lomans with the winner of that getting to play in Croker.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: October 04, 2021, 08:03:11 AM »

If Walsh is half fit for the Heath match Ballylinan will  win .
When was the last time The Heath were relegated to Intermediate ?
They won the intermediate in 1986, pretty sure they've been senior ever since.
That was their second team. They've been senior a lot longer than that.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: October 03, 2021, 10:09:06 AM »
Clonaslee should have won last night . Will be kicking themselves today . Overall the better team and missed a host of opportunities

Clonaslee were the better team tonight IMHO.

There's no doubt we used our get out of jail card last night alright but I think we possibly deserved to edge it. We weren't too bad at missing chances ourselves - we really could or should have had two more goals! Given we were down one through suspension and lost two of the starting team in the warm up, we'll take the result and move on.
But, yeah, no doubt, Clonaslee were excellent. A credit to Conor Gorman and whoever else is behind it. They've some grand young players and play plenty of decent football. Like ourselves, tons of mistakes too.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:04:41 PM »
The problem for Portarlington will be in 3 years time when that crop of under 15s has to move into adult hurling. They can't all be expected to make up an adult team at the age of 18 and there probably aren't many other 20 something hurlers in the area.
I can't offer a solution either other than what happened with Slieve Margy and the best 4 or 5 lads moved to senior teams.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
« on: September 02, 2021, 04:11:44 PM »
Given the choice, I'd rather see proper arrangements in place that allow all players in Junior or Intermediate to play with a Senior club.
Bingo. Spot on. Yet when Annanough, Courtwood and Park Ratheniska tried to do that a number of years ago, most of the senior clubs blocked it and the executive effectively didn't support it by abstaining. There's good young footballers in Spink, Barrowhouse, Kilcavan to name just three clubs. It's bordering on criminal that they don't have access to playing in the senior football championship. No more than ourselves when we were down intermediate and junior.

Laois / Re: Laois ACFL Division 1A 2021
« on: July 19, 2021, 10:39:07 AM »
Portlaoise team looks fairly strong again, not sure what they were at the previous season. I can only see Portarlington having the panel to put it up to them in the 2021 championship.
They still have to add David Seale, Ciaran McEvoy, David Holland and possibly Ronan McEvoy to last night's team.

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: June 30, 2021, 10:07:06 AM »
Credit where its due. The fixtures and results now appear at the top i.e. the most recent ones appear first.

Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: June 22, 2021, 01:37:56 PM »
From the last two under 20 teams that made it to leinster finals you could argue that the teams were made up of a collective of good footballers as opposed to a team that was driven by 2/3 star or standout footballers. Ultimately, it is only the 'star' footballers from the underage grade that will realistically step up to the senior team and add to things at that level. Those Laois U20 sides of last two years full of fine players, however if we are expecting 7/8 of them to step up to senior in the next 12/24 months and make Laois a competitive division 2 team again I cannot see that happening.

I hear people giving out about Quirke not blooding more youth and annoyed regarding his reliance on the old guard. Unfortunately, I don't see those young footballers in the county who are really challenging or should be in the team ahead of the likes of Timmons, O'Loughlin, Begley, Kingston or Lillis.

I think that's a fair enough argument and it's also true that Quirke didn't have any sort of a preseason or O'Byrne Cup to look at a few potential new players meaning that he basically went with the same squad for two years in a row (with Donie coming back in for this year). He was under pressure from day one to try to keep us in Division Two.

Lacey, O'Flynn, Barry and Byron are in the squad at the moment. That's four players. I thought Diarmuid Whelan was a standout forward in 2019 but is he possibly injured? And I know one game isn't a great sample size but when we played Rosenallis in last year's championship, I though Eoin Dunne was excellent, way ahead of John O'Loughlin (who I'm not saying played badly either).

No matter who is charge of the team next year, I'd be hoping to see a decent effort at unearthing a few potential senior panel players over the coming six or seven months. As Laois Rising says there are possibly a lot of lads of the same standard out there but it's up to a decent manager to identify the ones he thinks he could make something of.

Laois / Re: 2021 Leinster Senior Football Championship
« on: June 22, 2021, 01:23:57 PM »
Don't see it.

Is it straight knockout this year or are there qualifiers. Better off if there are no qualifiers. Can't see them as being of any benefit to us.

Straight knockout.

Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: June 14, 2021, 10:39:12 AM »
I disagree jobs last game cork kicked us up and down the field,,
That was a Round 4 qualifier - Sugrue brought us from Division 4 to Division 2, a Leinster final and two Round 4 qualifiers. I think losing him was a blow we haven't recovered from yet.

Laois / Re: Cromogue
« on: June 14, 2021, 10:34:47 AM »
Just wondering what clubs make up Cromogue.
Colt-Shanahoe and who else?


I wouldn't be 100% but I think it was Trumera. They aren't registered for 2021 that I can see.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: May 24, 2021, 11:38:00 AM »
Laois play Westmeath on 4th July. Win that and there's a semi final on 18th July. And the Leinster final is on 1st August.
The two 2020 SFC semi finals really depend on how Laois get on. Very tough on the four clubs involved.

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