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General discussion / Re: New Car Advice
« on: January 24, 2022, 01:16:08 PM »
we stumbled across a Kia Carens 7 seater and I literally mean that. We've looked at Santa Fe's and the big Kia Sportage which my wife didn't like as it was "too big" and I just happened to ask the sales rep if they'd any other 7 seaters and it turned out I was leaning against it..

They aren't overly big but I've put all 5 in mine regularly for long enough trips with a little storage and its fine, decent enough fit out on the "4" version, not overly powerful but no big issues in the 60K miles I've put on it to date.

Its amazing how car sizes are perceived in Ireland and in the US.

In the US, the Sportage is classed as a compact (i.e. small) SUV.

Kia sells the larger Sorrento here, which would be classed as mid-size, similar to the Santa Fe.

Then they have the even larger Telluride, which amazingly is also mid-size by the ludicrous US standards (its a bloody big vehicle). Gets rave reviews BTW.

Cost obviously has a lot to do with it.

I have a Subaru Outback, a big enough car by most sensible standards, also because I have kids. If I was in Ireland, I wouldn't be able to afford it in a million years. The base engine version of the model I have, which is the only engine they offer in Ireland, costs 61K euros (roughly 70K dollars). I got the turbo version here for about 40K dollars.

I assume he meant the Sorrento as it as you say is the equivalent of the Sante Fe. They sell them here in Ireland too and they are a fine bus. In fact, if you try to buy a new one you will be waiting they are so popular and there are supply issues.

Yes, it's the actual Sorrento I meant, Sportage isn't 7 seater IIRC..

Ian O'g overdoing it on the expenses again and having to pay some back..

Some boyo for the money..

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: January 24, 2022, 12:14:50 PM »
So Beattie would be a shit comedian as welll!

The 80's called and want their joke back.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 24, 2022, 12:14:06 PM »
Down had a brilliant training weekend in the carrickdale training on a local pitch.

Hurlers were in Tipp for a training weekend AFAIK..

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling 2022
« on: January 24, 2022, 12:13:19 PM »
Saw a lot of comments on on SM about CO'D, I dont get that at all. I thought he got found out slightly. Ballygunnar no.8 continually available for the out ball from defence and ran the show around the middle of the field. In fact they totally dominated this area and was the platform for a lot of handy scores.
Iím no hurling expert but I couldnít help notice how much BG were allowed to dominate from puck outs especially no8, marking non-existent. Presuming Slaughtneil dominate Ulster for another year or two, what is it they need to properly challenge, apart from another Brendan Rodgers? I just get the feeling that theyíre a level below the top clubs in the country.

Ballygunner made mincemeat out of Kilmallock, the Limerick champions who in turn made mincemeat out of Midleton, the Cork champions, they were made to earn their victory there yesterday and yes, maybe allowing Ballygunner to create and take so many scores from their own puck-outs would need looked at but SN are definitely there or there abouts.

Watched back the TJ Reid free there and was surprised at how few St Thomas' players were in front of him when he struck it.

They should have had a wall of two like in football, prepared to get hit with the ball with another bank of players behind them and if the referee is allowing BH players closer than the 20 metres then he'd have to allowed the St Thomas' lads the same latitude. As said before, they're the types of defeats that cause endless sleepless nights for all involved.

General discussion / Re: New Car Advice
« on: January 24, 2022, 12:05:28 PM »
we stumbled across a Kia Carens 7 seater and I literally mean that. We've looked at Santa Fe's and the big Kia Sportage which my wife didn't like as it was "too big" and I just happened to ask the sales rep if they'd any other 7 seaters and it turned out I was leaning against it..

They aren't overly big but I've put all 5 in mine regularly for long enough trips with a little storage and its fine, decent enough fit out on the "4" version, not overly powerful but no big issues in the 60K miles I've put on it to date.

General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: January 24, 2022, 11:57:19 AM »
Anyone know what the joke was that Doug Beattie tweeted about Edwin Postsí wife?

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling 2022
« on: January 24, 2022, 08:28:44 AM »
I donít think Iíve seen many games where the winner deserved to win less. Seems to be a few people debating whether it was a penalty too. When you have a boy like tj Reid you always have a chance. Eoin Cody some player too.

Really feel for st Thomasís.

Great game all the same and whilst St Thomas' played most of the hurling Ballyhale kept themselves in contention as wily old hands do.

The penalty was a bit iffy as Fennelly just put the head down and charged into the Thomas' lad, the only thing that I could think of why the referee may have given the penalty was that the defender grabbed the faceguard on the way down and pulled Fennelly on top of himself. That's the only thing I could see out of it but the initial foul IMO was Fennelly charging..

TJ isn't covering the ground as well as he has and that's to be expected but he's some operator in a ruck with great ability to win those types of ball, superb vision and ability to get the pass off to a teammate. Still a joy to watch but i think he might call it a day with Kilkenny after the final. Just my gut instinct on that one. Can't understand how the free at the end made it's way in as Thomas' should have got bodies as close to TJ as the referee would allow and those lads need to make sure the ball hits you and it was a decent enough height for that to happen. They'll rue that one for manys a day....

Shamrocks are unashamedly direct with high balls lobbed most of the time into the danger area for Fennelly (who i thought was marshalled well) and Reid to battle for. Reid drifted out for a while to get Ballyhale ticking. Eoin Cody looks to be the real deal for the next while for Kilkenny but he too faded out the game for long periods but their defence struggled yesterday and thomas' had them for pace more often than not, so the final will come down to how well Ballygunner can handle the high ball and how well Ballyhale can handle the pace of Ballygunner.

FWIW, SN give them a right good go of it and it was Ballygunner who were holding out at the final whistle. They just couldn't get the score down to 3 points to get Ballygunner panicky. They'd it down to 4 but then Ballygunner went up the field and tacked on the next three. The SN goal brought them back into it, but Ballygunner held out well and aren't a bit shy themselves when it comes to the physical side of the game.

It'll be an interesting final and TBH I think Ballygunner might just do it as Ballyhale surely must be running out of lives and it looked like their corner back left the field with a broken hand as well as the other lad limping off in the first half.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: January 21, 2022, 01:53:03 PM »
Anyone here have thon booster jab? Got a text there telling to get it heard it leaves a brave few people in bad oul shape.
Felt shite for a full day after it. Was like a very bad hangover. Was grand though the next day.
Got that text from the HSE also but had already got my booster at that stage.

Yip same as that and most people I know have been the same. I had no side effects from the 1st two. A dirty hangover is the best description of it.
Cheers men for the advice on the booster jab. It seems fine but I'm not going to risk it. If I wanted a hangover I'd just go to the pub

What risk is there if you've already had the other two?

« on: January 21, 2022, 12:13:15 PM »
hear the Derry clubs looking back into juvenile and reserve leagues, be a good move for everyone that.

Agreed! Thereís a vast contrast in ability level within the leagues so this helps even it out a bit more. I think the external counties in our senior hurling leagues are badly needed kept too! I heard tell there was discussions as to whether they should be ďkept in.Ē Would be disastrous if they were removed! Eg St Galls and Sarsfields in Div 2 sit well at their level- if we remove the Down teams (for example) from Div 1, you end up with a lot  of mismatches in Div 1 and a waste of time for everyone concerned.
Iíd actually suggest pushing to get Slaughtneil etc into our league also to help push our top 4/5 teams on!

yes , 100% right, but heard the chairman not keen on outside clubs

I know heís chair and puts a fair amount of time into it Iím sure, but how could he possibly push through his own agenda without discussing with clubs? Did he even hurl? Or even hurl to a decent level to understand the need to for competitive games rather than drummings? Iíd be disappointed to see something like that become real.
Now that is a ridiculous statement. Do you need to play to know what a team needs? Plenty of managers  who have won top level competitions but have never won them as a player.

I didnít ask has he won something. Well aware of successful managers backgrounds.
The point Iím making is- if he hurled for NE in his time, itíll have been at a low standard, likely then without the ards teams or other teams in the league, therefore not knowing the benefit of having these teams in our league. If heís willing to make crass statements and potentially decisions about removing external teams from our leagues, without consulting with players/managers in the leagues affected, them heíd need to have experienced it himself- hence my question! I know now he hasnít, and shouldnít be making calls like that without some form of consultation.

Imagine Leinster didnít allow our hurlers into their league/championship through the years, wed have been complaining all the same.

Away and get your head felt lad, CMcC is a very intelligent man, I think he would have the wherewithal to consult others. I can't see him going on a solo run with something like this.
As for having to have experienced it himself before making this decision, ffs give him some credit. Your statement is akin to not letting lower league clubs send players forward to county teams due them not being of a required standard, if that's the case then Nicky English would never have worn the blue and gold jersey.

As for Leinster....for years they didnt allow us into any of their leagues, juvenile included. Currently they won't allow us to play any games at home, you sure you want to hold at this high standard you're portraying them to be?

If you know the man- which is seeming like you do- then youíd be well aware he loves a solo run! Again- youíre not reading what Iím asking and looking stupid in the process. I never said him playing lower league stops him playing county, I said it wouldnít have allowed him to experience the external teams coming into the league.
Regarding your Leinster statement, if we want to play in Leinster then we should have no problem travelling- we have no right to walk into a league/championship and demand home games etc.

Do you support his views on removing the external teams from our leagues then??

Outside teams have been coming into Antrim leagues at all levels for years. 3 down teams, Dungiven and the rest of the Derry teams, Armagh teams applied a lot of years back but nothing came off that. They have played numerous competitions at juvenile level, thanks to NA, against NE. The 3 down teams have all, at some stage, played in Div 2 against NE, Johnneycool would be able to fill you in on when this first took place. CMcC would have seen the input outside clubs have had on the Antrim teams, they have boosted the competition standards for years. Given he never leaves NE, he must be up there every day of the week, he has seen this at first hand. It doesn't take you to have played against outside teams to see their benefit.

As for looking stupid, is that the best you can do? I am really busy today and don't really have time for going backwards and forwards with you, you seem to have an opinion, fully entitled to it, you're welcome to it, I just don't agree with it.

Not sure what I'm being asked here but yes we've played in Div2 several times in our time in Antrim leagues, I played in Div2 once in my time but don't remember playing NE (St Enda's I presume).

FWIW NE have come on leaps and bounds and are rightly in Div1 IMO.

We're still Work In Progress at the minute and not as competitive in Div1 as we want to be hence we want our U17's exposure in Antrim as well and have done the last few years pre Covid as it's a better standard that playing the same teams week in, week out in Down.

I haven't been involved in the financial side of things for a while in the club but we used to pay league fees for the adult teams back in the day and I'm assuming we probably still do.

General discussion / Re: Boris Johnson
« on: January 21, 2022, 11:12:13 AM »
Fare play to Boris. Hes a good lad but was a bit stupid, hope he lifts this lockdown soon. I need to see my son

What's stopping you?

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 21, 2022, 09:03:20 AM »
Were up for that one. Looked sharp and pressed well.  Jota was great and Fabinho too.   Is Matip injured again?

Matips second touch was a tackle last night, he probably stretched his groin once too often when dribbling out from the back.

Comfortable win for Liverpool, I know Arsenal hit the crossbar from a free early on but only Martinelli gave big Kelleher anything to do and that's not enough for Arsenal to be considered top 4 contenders.

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: January 21, 2022, 08:43:30 AM »
Gone. Confirmed
One of the most daft appointments in the history of the Premier league.

Radio 5 saying Steve Bruce or Mark Hughes to take over.
You've zero insight to sparky's past history with EFC.

Its gonna be a bleak end to the season

I'd take Stephen Kenny over Martinez.

This all goes back to the appointment of Koeman and DOF Walsh. A brutal manager who didn't want to be at the club and a DOF who spent a fortune to make the squad worse

I think with hindsight you can't blame either of them as it's evident Morshiri has far too much say in the footballing side of things.

Both Walsh and Brands were highly regarded prior to coming to Everton where they evidently weren't given the freedom to do the jobs they needed to do.

WRT Evertons transfers, yes there's been some stinkers, especially strikers Niasse, Tuson to name but a few but some of the big money signings have been good, Lukaka for one who made the club big money, Stones etc etc. Heck they even made money on Moise Kean.. Iwobi was very poor.

Doucure, Allan, Godfrey, even Sigurdson (footballing wise) and the recent Gray and the free Townsend are fine, Rondon will never get a fair crack with the fans as he'd a very poor start and will be forever associated with Benitez..

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: January 21, 2022, 08:12:47 AM »

I know. That shows how old we are getting!  I remember him playing the Oasis in Carrickmacross in the late Ď80ís. His performance as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show was legendary! 

Heís away to join the Bats in Hell!  RIP

RIP Meat.

I too remember them touring a lot of small venues throughout Ireland back then before he got big again with Jim Steinman and BOOH2.

Prefer the original stuff myself.

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