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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« Last post by toby47 on Today at 10:28:34 AM »
Sean Leo & James Kielt have retired. Mark Lynch to maybe follow suit & Kevin Johnston spending the year in Australia travelling.

Not the best start to the year.
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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Last post by Hectic on Today at 10:28:13 AM »
What were last years proposals does anyone remember?
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Laois / Re: Laois Divisional Championship
« Last post by Downtheroad on Today at 10:27:14 AM »
simple way of reducing the championship from 16 to 12 teams. In Limerick they reduced their hurling championship from 16 to 12 in one year by dividing the 16 clubs in 4 groups of 4. The two team teams in each group progress to quarter finals. The bottom team in each group automatically relegated.

Unfortunately you are left in the position that the intermediate champions do not gain automatic promotion that year. If you wanted to give them promotion then you could have the 3rd place teams in the group play relegation semi-finals and relegation final with one team eventually losing out. 

If you were to go the whole hog (which I would do). Top eight teams progress to quarter finals and bottom eight teams relegated to intermediate.
Then for the start of the following year's championship (2020) I would then create my four regional sides meaning that their are 12 teams in the championship (8 individual clubs and 4 regional sides). Any club that is not playing at senior level, their players are eligible to play senior for their regional side (similar to kerry model). If a club is promoted to senior then those players are no longer eligible to play for the regional team. Therefore every club is playing individually at their right level and it will do away once and for all with some of these ridiculous amalgamations that we have e.g. crettyard/spink where some of the spink (in reality Ballinakill hurlers) players are kicking a football for the first time that year playing in a competitive championship match.

It's just a thought but it would really strengthen our championship and could be fully up and running by championship 2020.

 

Great post and it should  definitely be considered by the county board. Letís hope they are reading 😉

Great point but Iíd be surprised if county board bought into some common sense though.

The county board do not make those decisions. They can merely come with proposals. The clubs make the decision. Those idea(s) mentioned above are very good but it would mean a lot of clubs voting, in effect, to relegate themselves. I have yet to see a turkey vote for Christmas.
A number of other counties have voted recently for significant overhauls of their championships but I think the vibes in our own county are fairly negative when the subject is mooted.  One of the reasons why Cork and Kerry win a lot of the All Ireland intermediate and junior football champions is the divisional system. It's the same in hurling with Kiilkenny who have such a competitive intermediate and junior championships because there are only 12 clubs in the top 2 tiers. 
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GAA Discussion / Re: Coaching
« Last post by Taylor on Today at 10:27:13 AM »
Anyone know where I could get my hands on a coaching manual written by Colm Nally?

Think he's a Louth lad who does a bit of coaching with Leinster GAA.

Try reaching out to him directly on Twitter - find him under @colmnally
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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« Last post by seafoid on Today at 10:19:07 AM »
Really on the ball :

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/oct/17/brexit-eu-summit-may-pmqs-corbyn-blair-heseltine-and-clegg-urge-eu-leaders-to-extend-article-50-to-allow-2nd-referendum-politics-live

"Today there will be no breakthrough," said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. She added that 28 months after the Brexit referendum, in June 2016, London had still not explained clearly how it wants to leave the EU.
"Today, we do not know what they want. They do not know themselves what they really want. That is the problem," the Lithuanian president told reporters.

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Laois / Re: Laois Divisional Championship
« Last post by SCFC on Today at 10:17:32 AM »
simple way of reducing the championship from 16 to 12 teams. In Limerick they reduced their hurling championship from 16 to 12 in one year by dividing the 16 clubs in 4 groups of 4. The two team teams in each group progress to quarter finals. The bottom team in each group automatically relegated.

Unfortunately you are left in the position that the intermediate champions do not gain automatic promotion that year. If you wanted to give them promotion then you could have the 3rd place teams in the group play relegation semi-finals and relegation final with one team eventually losing out. 

If you were to go the whole hog (which I would do). Top eight teams progress to quarter finals and bottom eight teams relegated to intermediate.
Then for the start of the following year's championship (2020) I would then create my four regional sides meaning that their are 12 teams in the championship (8 individual clubs and 4 regional sides). Any club that is not playing at senior level, their players are eligible to play senior for their regional side (similar to kerry model). If a club is promoted to senior then those players are no longer eligible to play for the regional team. Therefore every club is playing individually at their right level and it will do away once and for all with some of these ridiculous amalgamations that we have e.g. crettyard/spink where some of the spink (in reality Ballinakill hurlers) players are kicking a football for the first time that year playing in a competitive championship match.

It's just a thought but it would really strengthen our championship and could be fully up and running by championship 2020.

 

Great post and it should  definitely be considered by the county board. Letís hope they are reading 😉

Great point but Iíd be surprised if county board bought into some common sense though.

The county board do not make those decisions. They can merely come with proposals. The clubs make the decision. Those idea(s) mentioned above are very good but it would mean a lot of clubs voting, in effect, to relegate themselves. I have yet to see a turkey vote for Christmas.
That's the point I made earlier in the thread. The 16 senior football clubs are never going to back a proposal that eight of them get relegated in one year.
There might be some chance of doing it on an incremental basis. Two or three down each year until the desired number is reached.
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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« Last post by brokencrossbar1 on Today at 10:16:30 AM »
See Jamie Bryson threatening violence, he doesnít realise that they are no longer the master race,
Times they are a changing.
why is he threatening violence? Is the DUP not in power ?

Because he's not getting his way. Plain and simple.
It baffles me how much air time he gets. There are dissident republicans that have a much much larger mandate than he has but don't even get a fraction of the air time. I'm not saying they should, but there must be a reason this Muppet who has only ever managed a handful of votes is wheeled out consistently.

Ye see he represents the poor disenfranchised loyalist working class so he does!!
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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Last post by farset on Today at 10:14:37 AM »
I'm sure St Paul's are already plotting and scheming about changing league formats given their relegation to Division 3. Isnt that how the hurling leagues were messed up a few years ago into a 19 team Division 3 because of their 'proud hurling tradition'?
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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Last post by themac_23 on Today at 09:48:05 AM »
Takes a few yrs sometimes for lads to mature into senior competition and certainly losing key personnel not easy for any side.

Though Div 2 no walk in the park for getting back out of.

Anyone remember last year the county released a draft of proposals for a league change, wonder will they look at that again next year?
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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« Last post by HiMucker on Today at 09:33:02 AM »
See Jamie Bryson threatening violence, he doesnít realise that they are no longer the master race,
Times they are a changing.
why is he threatening violence? Is the DUP not in power ?

Because he's not getting his way. Plain and simple.
It baffles me how much air time he gets. There are dissident republicans that have a much much larger mandate than he has but don't even get a fraction of the air time. I'm not saying they should, but there must be a reason this Muppet who has only ever managed a handful of votes is wheeled out consistently.
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