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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 03, 2021, 08:56:37 PM »

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 25, 2021, 12:14:29 PM »
Personally, I’d be worried about the mental state of any man who really wants to win D1 this year.

In fact I’d be worried about it most years. League titles don’t matter a damn unless there’s promotion attached to it. But especially this year, D1 really doesn’t matter a damn. It’s a high standard of friendly match, nothing else.

This is exactly the point this year.  You just have to look at the strange look of the league table and the fact that no one team is dominant and teams are getting beat by teams that wouldn't usually be beat by.  Sure CPN or Clonduff may be pushing for a league but I really don't think Mickey Moran or Jim McCorry give one fiddlers f**k about the league.

I may be wrong but I will be surprised if its not the usual suspects in the championship final unless they meet each other prior to it.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2021, 01:11:57 PM »
Would back up what I am saying

And the bookies usually aren't far wrong  ;)

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2021, 12:53:21 PM »
They will be motoring come September.  Don't think they will lose much sleep over losing a league game here or there.

Devlin is a miss but they have plenty of strength in depth that other teams could only dream of.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2021, 12:38:25 PM »

Burren / CPN

Clonduff / Carryduff / Mayobridge

The rest

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2021, 12:11:47 PM »
I certainly believe Clonduff could beat Burren or Burren could get caught by one of the other teams you mentioned but other than CPN or Burren I haven't seen any evidence that the teams you mentioned have the quality to beat Kilcoo in championship semi final or final.

The back door systems also provides the "better" teams with a second chance if they have an off day.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2021, 11:04:51 AM »
Was up watching Kilcoo CPN game last night. Have to say, lots of missed chances from both teams and they'll both probably be happy enough with the result tbf. Kilcoo will have bigger fish to fry than a league game at the start of the year, they haven't traditionally started the league that strongly...they'll hit their stride in about 3/4weeks I'd imagine.

Was very impressed with our lads though tbf, both teams missing a good few players that will make a big impact if fit and available later in the year. Kilcoo being kept to one point in the second half was not like them at all and they badly lost their discipline near the end with one Brannigan being black carded and the other sent off for a kick. Magpies didn't get out of 2nd or 3rd gear but neither did Warrenpoint. Good start to the league for our lads, very tough few fixtures coming up though against Burren, Yellas and Bridge.

Clonduff seem to be flying and Harps ticking along OK too, Rostrevor got a fair pasting last night at home which was surprising, anyone at the game? Also Loughinisland getting it very tight atm, are they missing many men? Know Flynn wrecked himself but surely they should still be competitive enough with the talent at their disposal?

Mayobridge getting pipped by Burren at the death which seems to be an annual occurence now, whether it's a last minute goal or point-they never seem to be able to see it over the line. What was the report from that game?

Could this be the year that Clonduff finally clicks, I always think on paper they have a great squad but always seem to shit the nest at big stages. They are crying out for a good defense and goalie.  I am so looking forward to our championships, I think we will be in for a treat and although Kilcoo will be favourites I think there will be 6/7 teams that will fancy their chances on any given day provided they get a favourable run.

Kilcoo, Burren, CPN, Clonduff, Bridge and possibly Ballyholand and Carryduff could win a Down senior football championship this year

No they couldn't, what are you basing this on, a couple of glorified friendlies ?

Kilcoo and at a push Burren or CPN might.

General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:36:21 PM »
Did you hear the UUP leader on Nolan the other day ?  By some distance the worst leader in north by some distance which is saying something.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 20, 2021, 11:15:15 PM »
What is the point having Georgia in the tournament?  They might beat Italy 6 out of 10 but will provide little resistance to the other nations similar to Italy.

South Africa will improve the other nations and bring the six nations to another level similar to what it should do for the pro 14.  The pro 14 is basically the Irish inter pros at the minute given the lack of quality in the Welsh and Scottish clubs.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 20, 2021, 10:12:40 PM »
I think itís fair to say that taking Italy out of the equation itís been a brilliant tournament.

Imagine a tournament with S Africa replacing Italy.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 20, 2021, 11:39:07 AM »
When did he pick Carbery ahead of Jackson ?

Jackson was part of the team that won in South Africa for the first time.  Carbery reminds me of Madigan.  As for the saviour that is Harry Byrne, he canít even get on ahead of his brother ffs which says enough.

Itís irrelevant anyway as Jackson wonít be picked by Ireland again and I donít think he would play even if he was picked.  That doesnít take away from the fact that as of this moment he is the currently the best Irish out half there is including Sexton.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:08:34 PM »
And yet he is still on the bench.

If ever the likes of Shane Daly was going to get game time it would 20 mins away to Italy.  Why not start Casey with the reassurance of having Sexton beside him and if things are going right then bring Park on.  Cooney must have looked at Farrell the wrong way as he is easily the best scrum half in Ireland at the minute.

What did Ruddock do wrong the last day that warranted being dropped completely from the squad ?  On the other hand how many tries does Lowe have to cause for him to get dropped from the squad ?

I watched London Irish playing at the weekend at their new stadium and thought something similar would be perfect for Casement. About 18k all seater built for about £70 million in an awkward site in London,  so please don't tell me we can't get a decent stadium for the available funds.

It is quite ugly but I get the point.  Is there a new to be covered the whole way around ?  Some people like standing in the terrace.

No they should spend the money they have been given, be grateful and not ask for anymore.

Casement is to the GAA what Brexit is to the DUP.
Push like fcuk for the biggest you can get. Dismiss all the warnings. Ignore everyone else’s wishes. Blinkered on their own version of the end product - don’t care how we get there.
Balls the whole thing up for yourself.
Refuse to take responsibility. Blame everyone else.
Demand someone pulls you out of the massive hole you dug with your own greedy and arrogant little shovel.


Nonsense why shouldn't we build a stadium that's fit for the future. I remember when 25k turned up to watch Tyrone V Armagh in McKenna cup at Casement. Dream big, build big, achieve big.

Id say the only ulster final fixture that would get 30k these days would be Armagh v Tyrone or Armagh v Down at a push.  Its not like it was 20 years ago for various reasons.  The football is dire, people now have many other interests in their lives and probably most importantly the ticket prices are a scandal.

Two nice stands with a few corporate boxes and open terrace at either end would do the job, like a smaller version of Pairc Ui Chaoimh

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