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Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: July 10, 2019, 07:01:44 PM »
What did he do for the likes of Laois when he was president?

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Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 03, 2019, 12:56:32 PM »
We are certainly in bonus territory and I fancy us to put it up to Dublin big time. We will probably ship a few goals due to lack of inexperience but I wouldn't worry about that. When you look at the age profile of our squad there is time for development. There isn't anyone hanging on for "one more year" which you often get with teams. Matthew as the elder statesman still has a lot of hurling in him. We have the potential in the squad and an excellent manager to realise that potential. Exciting times for Laois at the moment.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 30, 2019, 04:09:05 PM »
I'm ready for bed now after all the excitement. What a performance.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 30, 2019, 05:39:38 AM »
It's only 5:37am and I'm already impatient to get going. So looking forward to today it's like I'm ten again.  ;D

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As is obvious from this thread, there are many grey areas in the rules. I believe referees are briefed at the start of the year about changes and interpretation of the rules but this is never rolled out to the players and managers of teams. In our club we have a football team at one juvenile grade only, (this is only because one parent is willing to run it and we are a hurling club) so knowledge of the rules is a bit hazy and we concede a lot of frees for fouls the lads don't even know they are committing. However I see teams who have played for years committing similar fouls - and getting called for it- so it's not just our lads lack of knowledge at fault. I believe there is an onus on all county boards to introduce training to all juvenile players about the rules which might help reduce some of the abuse referees get. It seems that the ref is the only person allowed to make a mistake in a match and players can make as many as they like. All young players should have to do some refereeing to see what it's like. It might stop some of the abuse.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 24, 2019, 08:01:39 PM »
Brilliant story Mossy.

Not that I am even mad about hurling but if MossyBruce will come we should do a GoFundMe.

Mossy?
Extremely thoughtful, lads.
I’ll be getting back there, next year or so.  :)
As long as you're not a catfish playing us poor innocent Laois people. ;D

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 16, 2019, 05:16:36 PM »
I would imagine Meath will win the Christy Ring this year and replace Offaly in the Joe McDonagh, but I wouldn't put my house on it. You would expect Offaly would have enough to come straight back up, but similarly to the Leinster championship/Joe McDonagh there is likely to be a large amount of yo-yoing between the two for certain counties - ourselves included. Whoever wins the Joe McDonagh final will more than likely face the same fate as Carlow did this year. Dublin defeating Galway yesterday probably signals the end of hopes that there was at least one team you might fancy your chances against on any given day. As a Laois supporter, the Joe McDonagh has been very enjoyable this summer but that leap into the top ten is still a big one. The re-structuring of the league format has only made this worse.

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Laois / Re: Leinster Minor Hurling 2019
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:34:25 AM »
Just as regards leadership on the field, this is an U17 team and very few lads will have the emotional maturity to handle the setbacks in the biggest game of their life so far.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:19:14 PM »
I'm looking forward to this. Tralee is always nice to visit. Last year was a big wake-up call with us being favourites and then how easily we were beaten. Hopefully we are better prepared this year.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:21:21 AM »
Maybe Donald can do something while he's over here. Or better still, I'm sure Shane Ross would love to be seen with Paddy Purcell lifting the Joe McDonagh Cup.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 01, 2019, 07:39:13 PM »
All the young lads love Buff. They were sitting around him last year like he was a God, my own lad included. I'll be interested to see if he's grown up in the year. (My lad, not Buff). In fairness to Buff he's probably done more than the GAA, RTE etc. to raise the profile of second tier hurling.

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Laois / Re: Leinster Minor Hurling 2019
« on: May 03, 2019, 07:54:31 PM »
Eight of the Celtic Challenge squad are on the minor panel. These are lads who do not feature in the starting minor team - at least not so far. There are about 34 on the minor panel but only 24 of these get a jersey on matchday. The criteria for the Celtic Challenge is that players are u17 and not doing the Leaving Cert this year. No disrespect to these lads, but you could consider this our minor B team in effect.
Laois had a storming first half last night and led 2:12 to 0:4 at half time from some fantastic teamwork. We could have been even further ahead as at least three goal chances went astray. Offaly fought back strongly in the second half but our lads kept the scoreboard ticking over enough to keep us six points ahead at the end 3:18 to 2:15. There are a lot of talented young hurlers in Laois at the u16/u17 level and I would hope both can do well this year. Cillian Dunne from Clough Ballacolla won the Best and Fairest award for the Laois team.
It's a great hobby. If I win the lotto I might go pro.😁
You're a great man for going to matches

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Laois / Re: Leinster Minor Hurling 2019
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:02:28 PM »
Eight of the Celtic Challenge squad are on the minor panel. These are lads who do not feature in the starting minor team - at least not so far. There are about 34 on the minor panel but only 24 of these get a jersey on matchday. The criteria for the Celtic Challenge is that players are u17 and not doing the Leaving Cert this year. No disrespect to these lads, but you could consider this our minor B team in effect.
Laois had a storming first half last night and led 2:12 to 0:4 at half time from some fantastic teamwork. We could have been even further ahead as at least three goal chances went astray. Offaly fought back strongly in the second half but our lads kept the scoreboard ticking over enough to keep us six points ahead at the end 3:18 to 2:15. There are a lot of talented young hurlers in Laois at the u16/u17 level and I would hope both can do well this year. Cillian Dunne from Clough Ballacolla won the Best and Fairest award for the Laois team.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz National Hurling League
« on: March 08, 2019, 08:02:18 PM »
From the Limerick Leader:

"Just six of All-Ireland team in Limerick line-up for Laois hurling league quarter final"

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/sport/368578/just-six-of-all-ireland-team-in-limerick-line-up-for-laois-hurling-league-quarter-final.html

 ???
That will be their excuse when we beat them.

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Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz National Hurling League
« on: February 05, 2019, 05:22:37 AM »
We lacked a lot in physicality against Waterford. They won every 50-50 challenge and always seemed to be first to the ball. When we got possession we were swarmed by two or three Waterford players while we couldn't lay a glove on them. Some very silly yellow cards conceded from what seemed to be petulant slapping with the hurl when beaten by the Waterford lads. As for Lee Cleere's red card, I think Eddie was being a bit generous describing it as "tough luck". I hope Lee learns from it and cuts out the unnecessary macho posturing when coming on. To get sent off without touching the ball doesn't look good.

To give the lads credit, they played to the very end, and coped well with being a man down, but that extra power and poise from Waterford meant they were able to tack on scores at ease towards the end - when it looked like we might get the lead down to single digits. They were able to play heads-up hurling while we continually ran into blind alleys and coughed up possession.

I thought our half-back line was our best with both Jack Kelly and Sean Downey showing well, but otherwise we struggled everywhere.
With Carlow drawing with Galway, it's a shootout between ourselves and Offaly. Regardless of who wins the match next week, we will meet in the relegation final and we have in the past struggled to beat teams twice in succession.



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