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Title: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on August 29, 2021, 11:55:41 AM
Starts next Thursday night with Portlaoise v Courtwood. Hard to see anything other than a Portlaoise win in that.
Expect Port to easily account for Ballyfin.
Emo v O'Dempseys could be a cracker.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 29, 2021, 02:48:47 PM
Emo have a couple of decent young lads who weren’t eligible to play in 2020 semi-final but can play now. I think they’ll beat O’Dempsey’s and be there or thereabouts again.

I doubt Courtwood will actually beat Portlaoise but they will be competitive with them. Eddie Kinsella will have them fit and they should have no fear of them.

I’m interested to see how Ballyroan Abbey go this year. Might be a year or two too early for them but some very exciting talent there. Regardless, it will of course be Portarlington’s championship to lose. I think Jason Moore is gone and will be a loss if so but they have the depth there to cover that.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on August 30, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
The predictions will be interesting as there is alot of close games in the mix
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 01, 2021, 12:12:07 PM
Portlaoise will beat Courtwood by around 7
Emo should beat O'Dempseys. O'Dempseys haven't built on getting to the final three years ago at all.
Think Graigue will beat The Heath and expect Josephs and Port to beat Clonaslee and Ballyfin comfortably.
Stradbally v Killeen could be one of the closer games - neither of them are great but I think Strad could edge it.
Ballyroan Abbey v Killeshin is an interesting one. Two of the better clubs in recent years in developing young players. I think Ballyroan Abbey might have enough.
Ballylinan v Rosenallis is a hard one to call. Ballylinan would traditionally win this but without Gary Walsh, Ballylinan might be vulnerable and it's a great chance for Rosenallis to avoid getting dragged into the relegation end of things.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 02, 2021, 12:28:58 AM
Portlaoise will beat Courtwood by around 7
Emo should beat O'Dempseys. O'Dempseys haven't built on getting to the final three years ago at all.
Think Graigue will beat The Heath and expect Josephs and Port to beat Clonaslee and Ballyfin comfortably.
Stradbally v Killeen could be one of the closer games - neither of them are great but I think Strad could edge it.
Ballyroan Abbey v Killeshin is an interesting one. Two of the better clubs in recent years in developing young players. I think Ballyroan Abbey might have enough.
Ballylinan v Rosenallis is a hard one to call. Ballylinan would traditionally win this but without Gary Walsh, Ballylinan might be vulnerable and it's a great chance for Rosenallis to avoid getting dragged into the relegation end of things.
Where is Gary Walsh ???
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 02, 2021, 09:07:42 AM
Portlaoise will beat Courtwood by around 7
Emo should beat O'Dempseys. O'Dempseys haven't built on getting to the final three years ago at all.
Think Graigue will beat The Heath and expect Josephs and Port to beat Clonaslee and Ballyfin comfortably.
Stradbally v Killeen could be one of the closer games - neither of them are great but I think Strad could edge it.
Ballyroan Abbey v Killeshin is an interesting one. Two of the better clubs in recent years in developing young players. I think Ballyroan Abbey might have enough.
Ballylinan v Rosenallis is a hard one to call. Ballylinan would traditionally win this but without Gary Walsh, Ballylinan might be vulnerable and it's a great chance for Rosenallis to avoid getting dragged into the relegation end of things.
Where is Gary Walsh ???
I believe he's suspended for the first round game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 02, 2021, 09:10:00 AM
Portlaoise to win comfortably
Graigcullen to ease past by 4
O Dempseys after a ding dong battle ill go for o Dempseys to pull through
Kileshin to win by 4/5 i dont believe there injury list at all so after a tight 50 mins i think there ahead of BAbbey
Stradbally to win by curtailing the two kingstons and strads younger legs to pull through
Portarlington by a cricket score no james finn
St joesphs by a cricket score also
Roseanalis to maybe scrape through only because of the loss of garry through suspension

I will probably be wrong on a good few enjoy the weekends games 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois Rising on September 02, 2021, 12:51:01 PM
Looking the the strength and depth of players some of those clubs have just highlights again the madness of a 16 team senior championship in Laois. Half the clubs in the championship sole ambition is to remain senior. The intermediate championship has been a farce last couple of years with teams regularly on the end of 20 plus point drubbings with some below strength second teams propping it up. If you were to ship 4/6 teams back intermediate from the senior ranks you would have an excellent and competitive senior and intermediate club championship with a lot more clubs having a realistic chance of targeting championship success.

In Limerick, they managed to revert their senior hurling championship about 5 years ago from a 16 to 12 team championship in one year. Championship played off with four groups of four with clubs seeded accordingly. Bottom team in each group after the group games relegated. For one year only the intermediate champions do not get promoted. Alternatively if you want the intermediate champions promoted to senior then you have the clubs who finished third in their groups go into semi final relegation play-offs.

Perhaps I'm being extreme but after watching Park's game with Timahoe during week and watching Timahoe in last year's intermediate championship being massacred by other clubs strongly feel something needs to change-for supporters and players.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 02, 2021, 01:22:36 PM
The clubs won't go for it, and in fairness I can see the reasons why. Timahoe have lost all direction, and are one of a number of clubs who are too small to stand on their own two feet. Mountmellick seem to be looking at ways to avoid standing on their own two feet if recent activity is a gauge. The point is this. You drop to Intermediate and interest levels drop simultaneously. The reality is that we have far too many clubs with very small numbers. Clubs like Timahoe, Kilcruise, Killeen and many others rely on a golden crop, and can't possibly sustain prolonged periods in Senior. There are many clubs like them who could very easily just fall off the map altogether. We all know that there are intermediate clubs masquerading as Senior, but sometimes I wonder if they're not better off

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. There has to be an incentive to play the game because restricting participation to badly functioning clubs will only kill interest. There is so much proof of this.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Heshs Umpire 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.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Zooming around on September 02, 2021, 04:15:03 PM
The clubs won't go for it, and in fairness I can see the reasons why. Timahoe have lost all direction, and are one of a number of clubs who are too small to stand on their own two feet. Mountmellick seem to be looking at ways to avoid standing on their own two feet if recent activity is a gauge. The point is this. You drop to Intermediate and interest levels drop simultaneously. The reality is that we have far too many clubs with very small numbers. Clubs like Timahoe, Kilcruise, Killeen and many others rely on a golden crop, and can't possibly sustain prolonged periods in Senior. There are many clubs like them who could very easily just fall off the map altogether. We all know that there are intermediate clubs masquerading as Senior, but sometimes I wonder if they're not better off

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. There has to be an incentive to play the game because restricting participation to badly functioning clubs will only kill interest. There is so much proof of this.

The clubs you quoted just highlight the problem. Clubs from parishes with more than one club.

Imagine the competitive nature of our championship with a "One parish, one club" rule. This thing of being in a different club every time you drive around a corner on a Laois road is detrimental to the county. The obvious exception to this is the Greater Portlaoise area.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 02, 2021, 04:47:36 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.

100 per cent agree Hesh. I'm many ways, this is my thinking for the entire GAA. The county system effectively means that a good hurler born in Leitrim needs to take up another sport. I think that's just daft.

In the context of Laois, it is obvious that there is so much more we could do. Zooming points out the obvious flaw of the club around each corner. The drive from Carlow to Portlaoise is a great example of that, where we could and probably should halve the number of clubs. But I'd settle for a bit of innovation in the absence of common sense. Allowing Junior and Intermediate players access to Senior would be a start.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 02, 2021, 04:54:52 PM
Have yee not said all this before  this thread is for the senior championship 2021  keep it to it or start a new one that involves the same chat as 5 years ago
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 02, 2021, 05:14:34 PM
Have yee not said all this before  this thread is for the senior championship 2021  keep it to it or start a new one that involves the same chat as 5 years ago

Fair point
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 02, 2021, 09:16:33 PM
Fair play to Courtwood tonight. Eddie Kinsella has them flying fit and Niall Donoher is an absolute joy to watch play football.

That said, if anyone wonders why Laois football is in a poor state, look no further than Portlaoise’s performance this evening. Without Bruno they look out of ideas going forward and they still rely mainly on Lillis, Boyle, Cahillane and Dillon to try and get them over the line.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 02, 2021, 10:25:35 PM
Congratulations to Courtwood. There would have been days for them when a result like tonight would have been inconceivable. They deserve all the plaudits tonight
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Jd on September 02, 2021, 10:36:09 PM
Just goes to show what happens when you have structure and discipline and lads willing to sacrifice their game for the collective. Brought home to me by the Courtwood lad marking Dillon. He just stuck to his job and didn't try to be anything other than a man marker
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois Rising on September 02, 2021, 11:01:52 PM
The failure at underage for a decade or so is really starting to filter into the Portlaoise senior team now. Courtwood have had better players coming through these last few years and in reality this result should not be seen as a shock.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 02, 2021, 11:27:28 PM
Very young Portlaoise team would not be shocked if you named 7 of them on a Junior Team
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 03, 2021, 07:56:00 AM
Worrying result for Portlaoise. While they can't be ruled out, they have now lost in successive years to Emo and Courtwood. I didn't see last night's game but am hearing Hugh Coghlan is involved in the background with Courtwood and is highly rated.
Hands up though. Never saw that result coming.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 03, 2021, 08:56:12 AM
disapointed in the way we were last night but full of praise for courtwood it didnt faze them at all and deserving winners,,Brody is one hell of a loss and obivously now that bruno is gone the last while we are totally struggling in the forward movement and play ,,time does move on too though and kieran and conor are getting on the latter end of the stick too,,i am now totally wrong in my predictions so far  :-\
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 03, 2021, 08:58:24 AM
Portlaoise were terrible last night. Alarm bells should be ringing in that club, because it really isn't functioning properly at all. Some will point to Court wood's win as testimony to the strength and competitiveness of the Championship, but let's not kid ourselves here. Portlaoise took very little beating last night, and the standard of football on show was terrible. I am full of admiration for Courtwood and what they achieved, but that's the only positive to take from last night
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 03, 2021, 08:58:50 AM
Super win for courtwood ,well deserved.

As for Portlaoise that was truly awful on so many levels , if they play like that again it's a relegation final we are staring down the barrell of.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 03, 2021, 09:50:59 PM
Despite all of the doom and gloom, it's good to see young players impressing in the 2020 and 2021 championships. I'm thinking particularly of forwards such as Ronan Coffey and Rioghan Murphy of Portarlington, Niall Dunne of Courtwood and tonight, Mark Barry of O'Dempseys in their match against Emo. Hopefully there will be more impressive performances in the championship from guys who we will need to form the backbone of a young Laois team over the coming years.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: TheGiantSquid on September 04, 2021, 09:11:31 AM
I could never understand why Portlaoise got rid of M. Mcnulthy, he had them absolutely flying. The loss of him, Bruno the focal point and Broady as the escape strategy was their entire game plan.

Saying that, everyone will want to avoid Portlaoise in the losers section next round!!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 04, 2021, 10:53:55 AM
Giant squid we had a different team when malachy was there our focal point is retired 2 years and brody wont play for the club so its a silly point your making mal is gone a long time and there has been plenty of retirements or have you failed to see that ?????i can list more than 10 to 12 players not there now since his time and the clubs who are comming to the fore worked on there kids clubs while we have won fek all minor and u 21 u20 championships,,great to see younger lads comming through but we have to persist for a year or two till they get a lil older ,,no junior champ no intermediate champ won in years there lies the problem for a town of this size
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 04, 2021, 04:38:06 PM
Despite all of the doom and gloom, it's good to see young players impressing in the 2020 and 2021 championships. I'm thinking particularly of forwards such as Ronan Coffey and Rioghan Murphy of Portarlington, Niall Dunne of Courtwood and tonight, Mark Barry of O'Dempseys in their match against Emo. Hopefully there will be more impressive performances in the championship from guys who we will need to form the backbone of a young Laois team over the coming years.

I think Sean Moore of Ballyfin, should be added to that list of young players who may slot into a new Laois team soon.

I'm sure some find this topic boring, but I think there is no harm in pointing out that there is some young talent in Laois that a new manager/coach can work with in Division 3 next year. Whether these young lads are interested in putting on the county jersey and are up to intercounty standard only time will tell.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 04, 2021, 06:57:10 PM
Giant squid we had a different team when malachy was there our focal point is retired 2 years and brody wont play for the club so its a silly point your making mal is gone a long time and there has been plenty of retirements or have you failed to see that ?????i can list more than 10 to 12 players not there now since his time and the clubs who are comming to the fore worked on there kids clubs while we have won fek all minor and u 21 u20 championships,,great to see younger lads comming through but we have to persist for a year or two till they get a lil older ,,no junior champ no intermediate champ won in years there lies the problem for a town of this size
Incorrect with regards Brody.its a lie and you know it only too well, you will not drag a players name through the mud like that on here .

The reality is Brody has been training away and was  listed on the panel Thurs night .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Helix. on September 04, 2021, 08:08:39 PM
Ballyfin put it up to Port.
Graigue won in 2nd gear tonight.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 05, 2021, 08:41:13 AM
Portlaoise kid how is it dragging a name through the mud he wouldn’t play so what are you talking about I know his back after a lot of persuasion so it’s a reality ,,without him we are weakened simple as,,stop trying to make something of it
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 05, 2021, 07:40:05 PM
Senior round 2 draw...

Winners Section:

Portarlington v Courtwood
Ballyroan v St Joseph's
O'Dempseys v Rosenallis
Stradbally v Graiguecullen

Losers Section:

Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
The Heath v Emo
Portlaoise v Ballyfin
Clonaslee St Manmans v Ballylinan

Some interesting ties in there. Courtwood will have a right go at Port and shouldn't lack for confidence afte beating Portlaoise. Ballyroan and St Joseph's could both be two dark horses for the championship. You could argue Portlaoise got the hardest draw in the losers section in Ballyfin as well.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 05, 2021, 07:57:41 PM
Portlaoise kid how is it dragging a name through the mud he wouldn’t play so what are you talking about I know his back after a lot of persuasion so it’s a reality ,,without him we are weakened simple as,,stop trying to make something of it
You said he wouldn't play and he is playing so your statement was untrue. I'm not making a big deal of it, it's the least of Portlaoise worries.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 05, 2021, 10:46:05 PM
The most open championship ever wahoooo
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 06, 2021, 12:29:55 AM
Some interesting ties the next day alright . I watched all 16 teams play over the weekend so I’ve got a feel for most of the teams and what they have to offer .

Killeen vs Killeshin= should be an easy win for killeshin despite being 2nd best all game against Ballyroan yesterday. Killeen have completely run out of steam and age has caught up with them . Killeen certs for relegation in my opinion . Killeshin will have the legs on them next day out.

The Heath vs Emo = two poor sides who were well beaten in round one . Should be a very close encounter. Emo completely dependent on Darren Strong . Emo have seriously regressed since last year . The heath never looked like beating Graigue .

Portlaoise vs Ballyfin = Portlaoise have seriously regressed the last two years and it was evident again against Courtwood . Ballyfin put in a very brave display against Port and I thought they were going to sneak it all the end . Portlaoise should just about win it but if Ballyfin snook a win it wouldn’t be a big surprise to me .

Clonaslee vs Ballylinan = Clonaslee put in a solid first half display against Joseph’s today and at a few stages looked as if they would beat Joseph’s . They then completely ran out of steam in the second half . Ballylinan were poorish today but have Gary Walsh and Jamie Farrell to comeback . Ballylinan should have enough to beat Clonaslee although it might be closer than some expect.

Portarlington vs Courtwood = Port are the best team in the county and deserved champions from last year . Despite that and also being short 3 or 4 they were actually very very average at times against a brave Ballyfin . I’m sure Port will only get better as the championship progresses. Courtwood put in one of the displays of the weekend against Portlaoise and are a solid little club and attractive to watch. If they play as well as they did against Portlaoise and Port play as average as they did against Ballyfin then Courtwood could beat them . I expect port to up it though and have enough for a brave Courtwood team.

Ballyroan vs St Joseph’s = Ballyroan were the best team this weekend in my opinion. Pace , youth and quality on every line of the pitch and should of beaten killeshin by at least 10 points . Seem to be really improving now and their underage success is maybe starting to come through to senior . St Joseph’s won by 8 points against Clonaslee but in all fairness it was a lot Closer than that and Joseph’s were actually very very average . I expect Ballyroan to take them .

ODempseys vs Rosenallis = ODempseys had a well deserved win against Emo despite being dominated at midfield by Strong . Emo backs very very poor and ODempseys young pacy fowards made them pay . Hard to gauge where ODempseys really are at because Emo were so poor . Rosenallis had an impressive win against Ballylinan today .Rosenallis are a very improved side .  Plenty of pace and youth in the team and are very strong at midfield with John O Loughlin and Eoin Dunne who could possibly exploit ODempseys poor midfield . Very hard match to call could go either way .

Stradbally vs Graigucullen = Stradbally had the biggest winning margin this weekend against a diabolical Killeen outfit. Stradbally done what they had to do but like ODempseys it’s hard to gauge them Against poor opposition like Killeen . Graigue beat The heath and it was a very comfortable win for Graigue . Should be in the mix for a semi final spot but I’m not sure they can go all the way . I’d expect Graigue to just about have too much for Stradbally the next day .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Batman!!! on September 06, 2021, 08:31:46 AM
Disappointing to hear the live streaming of games has finished following yesterday’s games. I really think they should have seen out the 2021 championship anyways as no doubt people will be nervous still and might want to watch them at home. A poor PR move!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 06, 2021, 10:16:59 AM
good reflection on all the games there laoisabu,,i got alot of my predictions wrong so im seeing clubs step up to the mark which makes for exciting games to come,who is over killeen ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Helix. on September 06, 2021, 10:34:18 AM
good reflection on all the games there laoisabu,,i got alot of my predictions wrong so im seeing clubs step up to the mark which makes for exciting games to come,who is over killeen ?

Rory Stapleton from Annanough
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 06, 2021, 11:14:11 AM
I'm giving myself 5 out of 7 on the weekend predictions! I kind of sat on the fence a bit on the Rosenallis v Ballylinan game!
Don't think anyone saw the Courtwood result happening and O'Dempseys were way better than I thought they would be against Emo.
I expect Port, O'Dempseys, Graigue and B Abbey to go direct to the quarter finals. And in the other 4 games I expect Portlaoise, Emo, Killeshin and Ballylinan to revive their season leaving Ballyfin, Killeen, The Heath and Clonaslee to fight the drop.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 06, 2021, 11:26:57 AM
Disappointing to hear the live streaming of games has finished following yesterday’s games. I really think they should have seen out the 2021 championship anyways as no doubt people will be nervous still and might want to watch them at home. A poor PR move!

Probably hoping to get people back to O Moore Park. There were tickets available for the weekend in all matches with only 500 per game allowed. Says a lot really. The double and triple headers should be shelved and the games played at a venue halfway between the two. Better chance of getting some sort of crowd at individual games. Nobody would sit and watch 3 poor matches bar it's in the comfort of your own home.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 06, 2021, 01:06:18 PM
Disappointing to hear the live streaming of games has finished following yesterday’s games. I really think they should have seen out the 2021 championship anyways as no doubt people will be nervous still and might want to watch them at home. A poor PR move!

Probably hoping to get people back to O Moore Park. There were tickets available for the weekend in all matches with only 500 per game allowed. Says a lot really. The double and triple headers should be shelved and the games played at a venue halfway between the two. Better chance of getting some sort of crowd at individual games. Nobody would sit and watch 3 poor matches bar it's in the comfort of your own home.

Why don't they take the matches out of OMP and into club grounds around the county? Imagine the atmosphere that would be generated as opposed to the restrained atmosphere in OMP. It could have a huge effect on the matches themselves.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 06, 2021, 01:41:46 PM
I agree. Nothing in this county is done for the sake of players or supporters though. Just the way it is
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 06, 2021, 02:47:15 PM
It’s a complete disaster if this live streaming of games is stopped now . The least they could do is see out the championship.
Covid is still around us and people who might not feel quite comfortable going back to games yet should have the luxury of watching games in their own home .
Elderly people or people not well who might not be fit to attend games should be able to watch games from their own homes .
People who are Abroad and not in the country should be able to watch their own clubs playing online in this day and age
Some of the poorer games which mightn’t be worth driving all the way to Portlaoise to watch should be watchable online from your own home .
With the evenings starting to close in and the winter around the corner it would be handy to watch some matches at home
The picture And sound quality is great and the commentary and player/team insight is top notch so I don’t see why they should do away with one of the more positive things that has kept us going through these uncertain times
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 06, 2021, 03:36:42 PM
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2021/09/06/13-clubs-represented-on-team-of-the-week-following-round-1-sfc-and-ifc-action/

Good to see so many young players on Laois Today's team of the week.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 06, 2021, 05:11:40 PM
Niall Corbet should be given a chance to play out the field for Laois next year. Very natural footballer and a good free taker as well which we need.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 06, 2021, 05:40:24 PM
Niall Corbet should be given a chance to play out the field for Laois next year. Very natural footballer and a good free taker as well which we need.

Another older player I would like to see getting an opportunity with Laois is Portarlington's Adam Ryan, if he is interested.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 06, 2021, 05:57:24 PM
some great games some great performances also..any in house manager on show that would impress yee? ,,all of the managers seem to be working with younger lads thats all
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Batman!!! on September 06, 2021, 06:00:24 PM
It’s a complete disaster if this live streaming of games is stopped now . The least they could do is see out the championship.
Covid is still around us and people who might not feel quite comfortable going back to games yet should have the luxury of watching games in their own home .
Elderly people or people not well who might not be fit to attend games should be able to watch games from their own homes .
People who are Abroad and not in the country should be able to watch their own clubs playing online in this day and age
Some of the poorer games which mightn’t be worth driving all the way to Portlaoise to watch should be watchable online from your own home .
With the evenings starting to close in and the winter around the corner it would be handy to watch some matches at home
The picture And sound quality is great and the commentary and player/team insight is top notch so I don’t see why they should do away with one of the more positive things that has kept us going through these uncertain times

Fully agree with all this. A lot of unhappy people it seems. It definitely should have been kept for the remainder of the 2021 championship.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois man on September 06, 2021, 09:35:17 PM
15euros on the turn stiles for senior games very costly for one game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: smcder on September 06, 2021, 10:00:28 PM
Is it 15e for one game?


The streaming is, or was great for people living any distance from Portlaoise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois man on September 06, 2021, 10:51:06 PM
If you don't get tickets on line it's 15euro for a single game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 07, 2021, 12:49:07 AM
Anyone know what the situation is with Jody Dillon , Barney Maher and Tom Shiel ? I didn’t see them at the weekend and they would definitely improve the Stradbally team .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Batman!!! on September 07, 2021, 06:54:16 AM
Anyone know what the situation is with Jody Dillon , Barney Maher and Tom Shiel ? I didn’t see them at the weekend and they would definitely improve the Stradbally team .

Jody Dillon: Oversees with the army due back next week
Tom Shiel: hamstring injury back then next day
Darren Maher: pulled up in the warm up and was named to start
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois Rising on September 08, 2021, 11:43:15 AM
Stradbally could be bit of surprise package this year. Once every 4/5 years manage to get everyone available to them fit and playing. When they do, they have a panel of players that can compete with anyone. After weekend's performance, and with players still to return, they look like that they are in that cohort of 3 or 4 clubs that could possibly topple Portarlington.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 08, 2021, 02:42:22 PM
Stradbally could be bit of surprise package this year. Once every 4/5 years manage to get everyone available to them fit and playing. When they do, they have a panel of players that can compete with anyone. After weekend's performance, and with players still to return, they look like that they are in that cohort of 3 or 4 clubs that could possibly topple Portarlington.

Stradbally looked decent against Killeen but in all fairness Killeen were so so poor that it’s very hard to judge where Stradbally are at . Shiel , Dillon and Barney Back The next day will bring Stradbally on even more though . Stradbally are due a good championship run.

Portarlington, Ballyroan Abbey , Portlaoise , Graiguecullen, Courtwood, ODempseys, St Joseph’s , Stradbally  should all be in the mix come the business end but I’m leaning towards Portarlington or Ballyroan . Portlaoise as much as they have regressed If they get Seale and Flanagan back could still have a say yet .

Ballyfin and Rosenallis although probably not good enough to win the championship on their day could beat some of the teams above . Two young , mobile ,really improved sides who both have potential to cause the “ bigger clubs “ an upset . Underestimate them at your peril.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 08, 2021, 03:29:04 PM
I think people are overrating Stradbally’s performance a good bit here. Killeen got destroyed by Emo in the Division 1B league final by Emo, who then went and got well beat themselves by O’Dempseys in the first round of championship.

Obviously the 3 lads will make a difference but I still don’t see them beating Port. As Laoisabu said above, I like the look of Ballyroan Abbey who could be the big challengers this season and I think they’ll beat Joseph’s the next day by 3-5 points. They have some very good youngsters (Diarmuid Whelan, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Brian Whelan, Davin McEvoy), the likes of Padraig McMahon, MJ Tierney and Marty Scully provide a bit of experience and a decent manager in Clancy who has them well organised.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 08, 2021, 06:02:07 PM
I think people are overrating Stradbally’s performance a good bit here. Killeen got destroyed by Emo in the Division 1B league final by Emo, who then went and got well beat themselves by O’Dempseys in the first round of championship.

Obviously the 3 lads will make a difference but I still don’t see them beating Port. As Laoisabu said above, I like the look of Ballyroan Abbey who could be the big challengers this season and I think they’ll beat Joseph’s the next day by 3-5 points. They have some very good youngsters (Diarmuid Whelan, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Brian Whelan, Davin McEvoy), the likes of Padraig McMahon, MJ Tierney and Marty Scully provide a bit of experience and a decent manager in Clancy who has them well organised.

Even If ballyroan don’t do it this year I expect them to be a force from now on for the foreseeable future. The age profile of the squad and all the underage success they have had would suggest they could be the team to beat at senior very soon .

When everyone is available and the squad is at full strength Padraig Clancy potentially could be working with something like this:( obviously everyone wont be available for different reasons) but anyway:

Goalkeepers = Andrew Bonham , Paudie McDonald , Conor Collins

Defenders = Conor McWey , Fionnan Mahoney , Gavin Tynan, Martin Scully , Conor Brennan, Danny Brennan , Ruairi Dunne , Adam Dunne , Cian Moffitt , Diarmuid Conway , Evan McEvoy , Connaire Gee ,Aaron McEvoy , Colm Walsh , Barry Walsh , Ciaran Byrne , Mark Cahill , Aaron Carroll, Lawson Obular , Jamie Bartley , Sam Quinn , Eamonn Fitzpatrick.

Midfield =Diarmuid Whelan,  Cathal Doyle , Shaun Murphy , Liam Delaney, James McWey , Michael Brennan , Jake Cranny

Fowards = Diarmuid Whelan , Enda McWey, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Davin McEvoy, MJ Tierney , Charlie Whelan , Padraig McMahon , Ciaran Carroll, Colin Kinsella , Padraig Rafter, Adam Brennan, Stephen Thompson, Ben McDonald , Scott Conroy , Brian Whelan , Odhran Delaney, Jamie Whelan, John Rogers , James Keyes , Dylan Cuddy , Alan McWey

Also you have Darren Mulhall , Patrick Whelan and Killian Byrne who ALL started for Laois minor footballers this year but won’t be eligible to play senior with Ballyroan till next year .

There is obviously a conveyer belt of talent coming through down there and Padraig Clancy is a lucky man with what he has coming through . They SHOULD be winning a number of senior championships in the near future . Obviously the arrangement with Abbeyleix is a help plus the help on an odd player from Colt but there is very few clubs In Laois that can boast a panel with depth like that and as I pointed out there is more to come through in the next few years .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 08, 2021, 09:56:35 PM
To win any championship I don’t think should is the word ,, heart desire will to win will to train that’s why we were on top for so many years, by all accounts the players have bought into him and Saturday proved it but let’s see consistency now I think you are blowing them up way to much I think joes will scrape through
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 09, 2021, 12:44:19 PM
Can someone here explain to me how we get to use differant people to sound out a new manager ,,fergal byron,Donie Norton ,Michael murphy picked john sugru why arent they picked to do the same job ??it makes know sense to me ,John sugru it looks like for me so i dont know why we need to interview him
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 09, 2021, 01:15:39 PM
Box ticking exercise. If all these people approve the appointment, then our CB are free from criticism. I think it also shows that we're fishing in shallow waters here. I can't imagine too many coaches outside of Laois would want the role. And there's nobody remotely qualified internally, except for Sugrue. By my reckoning that leaves Sugrue and your pick of the rest.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Saint 1963 on September 09, 2021, 02:14:49 PM
You’d have to wonder what the hell CB officials are there to do! Four man review committee to look back on to the past and four more to look to the future!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 09, 2021, 03:12:12 PM
remotly qualified we have been down that route of qualified but the man thats over any team has to make his players tick at the minute ,courtwood port ballyroan o dempseys all have managers that are doing there job right,,i agree john is a stand out candidate all them managers of them respective teams should be interviewed,,john did win a div 4 bad league and got lucky to get to div 2 i also know he did a good job and if he wants it then no bother but i think there are lots of talented coachs and your gona see this with my own club not being so dominant
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Zooming around on September 09, 2021, 05:30:36 PM
You’d have to wonder what the hell CB officials are there to do! Four man review committee to look back on to the past and four more to look to the future!

Them boxes need ticking and no better buachailli than ours to engage in such exercises.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Batman!!! on September 09, 2021, 06:12:56 PM
remotly qualified we have been down that route of qualified but the man thats over any team has to make his players tick at the minute ,courtwood port ballyroan o dempseys all have managers that are doing there job right,,i agree john is a stand out candidate all them managers of them respective teams should be interviewed,,john did win a div 4 bad league and got lucky to get to div 2 i also know he did a good job and if he wants it then no bother but i think there are lots of talented coachs and your gona see this with my own club not being so dominant

Can anyone translate this?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 09, 2021, 06:16:34 PM
remotly qualified we have been down that route of qualified but the man thats over any team has to make his players tick at the minute ,courtwood port ballyroan o dempseys all have managers that are doing there job right,,i agree john is a stand out candidate all them managers of them respective teams should be interviewed,,john did win a div 4 bad league and got lucky to get to div 2 i also know he did a good job and if he wants it then no bother but i think there are lots of talented coachs and your gona see this with my own club not being so dominant

Unless they have something radical up their sleeve, no coach in Laois has achieved anything noteworthy, except perhaps Martin Murphy, who at least has managed more than one team to a Championship. He deserves first refusal but after that, it's Sugrue or nobody for me. It really is that simple. You have to differentiate between coaches who can improve teams and teams that improve coaches. There are very few of the former in Laois.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 10, 2021, 12:01:01 AM
Read it and you will understand Batman,, high fielder I agree I love your posts but I do believe there’s more than John
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 10, 2021, 01:12:18 AM
Sugrue took over us when we were in division 4 when we couldn’t go any lower and brought us up to division 3 then got a bit of luck and snook us up to division 2 then left.
In those two years could someone honestly name ONE half decent team that we beat in div 3 and div 4 ? If John stayed and faced into division 2 with us he would of eventually encountered the very same problems as Quirke .
Sugrue might make us somewhat competitive in division 3 next year but he won’t be performing any miracles I’m afraid.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 10, 2021, 09:25:25 AM
I agree to an extent. I did think there was improvement though. The divisions that we seem to always get in the camp weren't as obvious either. But I agree with you Laoiseabu that we shouldn't be looking for a miracle maker. We've had years of being beaten up and we're mentally broken when pressure is applied. That's why I think this is a bit of a non issue. We need a root and branch style overhaul and preferably, in my opinion, the CB to f**k off with themselves. Things couldn't get any worse than they are right now
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 10, 2021, 04:30:25 PM
this thread is for the senior championship 2021  keep it to it or start a new one

As you said yourself. Maybe try and keep this thread to the SFC?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 10, 2021, 05:52:19 PM
agreed
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 13, 2021, 02:58:00 PM
any predictions?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 13, 2021, 03:41:05 PM
Winners Section:

Portarlington v Courtwood - Port by around 6 or 7 - they have a bench to see them through
Ballyroan Abbey v St Joseph's - Think Ballyroan Abbey will win by around 3. Some excellent young lads in their team.
O'Dempseys v Rosenallis - expect O'Dempseys experience to edge them through
Stradbally v Graiguecullen - Graigue have a nice young team and I think they might win this but wouldn't be surprised if we had extra time

Losers Section:

The Heath v Emo - Emo should bounce back although local derby might produce a big game from Heath
Arles-Killeen v Killeshin - Killeshin by 5 unless the Kingstons can produce an almighty performance
Portlaoise v Ballyfin - Surely Portlaoise but if they repeat the Courtwood performance, they will get punished
Clonaslee St Manmans v Ballylinan - Walsh and Farrell back should swing it to Ballylinan
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 14, 2021, 09:21:42 AM
portarlington ,,i think to win easy and bully there neighbours a great game for them to get back on track
joes ,,50/50 game joes to edge it
o dempseys to win handy
Graigue,, after a battle graigue second best in the county for me and good chance of a final appearance again
the heath,,  not a happy camp over there in emo players not taking it as serious as last year so the heath for me
killeshin,, too young for killeen and to win easy killeen i think favourites for relegation
Portlaoise ,,after a scare maybe a few changes im hearing happening also
Ballylinan ,,to scrape through against a solid Clonaslee outfit

i know i will be wrong on a few again
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois Rising on September 14, 2021, 10:55:11 AM
I like the justifications for each of your predictions town1980. It is surprising to hear that the wind has been so badly taken out of Emo's sails for this year's championship. They had great momentum at the end of 2020 and it is a pity the championship was halted when it was for them. They have a number of good young players coming through as well. Perhaps its a case of playing out 2021 and re-setting again for 2022. Once they don't repeat their party trick of having a great year (2015 county finalists) to be embarrassingly relegated they year after (2016).
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 14, 2021, 11:47:39 AM

Portlaoise ,,after a scare maybe a few changes im hearing happening also


Surely Ciaran McEvoy, Holland, Paddy Downey will all come in the next day? Flanagan too if fit.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 14, 2021, 12:50:16 PM
definetly changes going to happen but kevin knows this himself
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Robbo on September 14, 2021, 01:22:23 PM
Winner's Section:

Portarlington v Courtwood
I think Port are an awful match for Courtwood. They have similar strengths in a lot of ways but Port just have more of them. Port by 8.
Ballyroan Abbey v St Joseph's
Interesting game this. BA can be great to watch but will they relish the type of game Joseph's will play; I'm not so sure.
Heart says Ballyroan; head says Joe's.
I'll go with Ballyroan by 3.
O'Dempseys v Rosenallis
I really liked the look of O'Dempseys the last day. They should match the athleticism of Rosenallis and I think they've a better spread of scoring threats.
O'Ds by 6.
Stradbally v Graiguecullen
This is the game I'm most looking forward to. I like a lot about Stradbally; I think they're building something really worthwhile but Graigue might be a little further down the line.
This will be very close and I wouldn't be surprised to see this going all the way to penalties.
I'll go with Graigue to come through.

Losers Section:

The Heath vs Emo
I'd be very worried about The Heath. I think Emo will have knives sharpened for this one and I can't see where The Heath will get their scores. Emo by 10.
Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
I've heard Donie Kingston may be a doubt for this one. If he plays I think Killeen may keep it close but I still think Killeshin will prevail by 3/4. If he doesn't play, it could be any score.
Clonaslee St Manmans v Ballylinan
I've a sneaky feeling Clonaslee could win this. They're a well-rounded team and I just feel they might be able to hold Ballylinan's key players.
Portlaoise v Ballyfin
My heart is ruling my head but I think Ballyfin might cause a shock here. Port was a brutal first round draw and this is just as hard but I'd contend we were the better team for substantial periods of the last game, albeit Port weren't at their best.
Portlaoise should win but I'll take Ballyfin to edge it by 2.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 14, 2021, 05:33:12 PM
Ballylinan, Portlaoise, Killeshin, The Heath, Port, Ballyroan Abbey, O’Dempseys and Graiguecullen all to win at the weekend.

I think Killeen could be in real bother and I’d tip them as favourites for relegation.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Robbo on September 17, 2021, 09:49:11 AM
I had a feeling Clonaslee would win last night and they could easily have another big performance in them if the get a decent draw.
They have a solid team with athleticism in the right places. And Corbett is just a joy to watch.

I'm sticking to my prediction for a massive upset tonight.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 17, 2021, 11:31:03 AM
I had a feeling Clonaslee would win last night and they could easily have another big performance in them if the get a decent draw.
They have a solid team with athleticism in the right places. And Corbett is just a joy to watch.

I'm sticking to my prediction for a massive upset tonight.

Good call last night Robbo. I had thought Walsh coming back would lead Ballylinan to a win but he was clearly injured (and still kicked 6 or 7 points). Clonaslee looked decent. Big, mobile and if they can be a bit more clinical they could well get to a quarter final. They could be playing the likes of Courtwood, Rosenallis or maybe Stradbally in Round 3 and would fancy their chances.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Smellyball on September 17, 2021, 11:34:26 AM
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Robbo on September 17, 2021, 09:17:33 PM
Well done to Portlaoise. Came good at the end; can't help but feel that they got out of jail.

Feels a little harsh that Ballyfin are out after two good performances but that's sport.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 17, 2021, 09:52:16 PM
Shocking bad luck for Ballyfin. They draw Port in the opening round and will feel they could have beat them as well. Then they get Portlaoise the next day and would have definitely beaten that if they had 15 men on the pitch. They should have plenty to spare over whoever they get in the relegation semi-final, but it might be hard to raise morale after two heartbreaking defeats like that.

Portlaoise will be over the moon just to still be in championship as was seen in the celebrations at the final whistle. They are no doubt in decline though and the players don’t seem all that happy with the management team at times. Which ever team plays them in round 3 should have no fear of them like Ballyfin and Courtwood showed already.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 18, 2021, 12:26:32 AM
Celebrations is right I’ll be honest we are a joke at the minute no words to describe what I’m looking at
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Smellyball on September 18, 2021, 01:36:08 PM
Level of refereeing in this championship is scandelous.

To what are you referring?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 18, 2021, 10:43:56 PM
Absolutely shocking I seen the video on Laois today that supporter in the brown should be banned and charged with assault ,,if it was clonaslee the county would go nuts the book has to be thrown at both clubs
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 18, 2021, 11:25:32 PM
Embarrassing. Not a wise decision from LT to put the video up either. Another sad day for Laois GAA.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 18, 2021, 11:59:47 PM
I was at the game . I think we are blowing up the row a bit . It was mostly handbags. I’ve seen bigger hits in mass
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 19, 2021, 12:03:33 AM
The video will be circulated and bring this to a whole other level. The actions of Mr Brown there (we'll call him that for now) would certainly be of interest to the Gardai, or at least should be. Big difference between a ban and a criminal matter. I don't think the video should have been posted, but it's their choice and they seemed happy to do so
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 19, 2021, 08:51:14 AM
Not near comparable with previous stuff, handbags at best.  Would it get into top 5, place is going soft.  Should not happen but lots of emotion.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 19, 2021, 09:00:21 AM
Very obviously a man has run from the crowd and thrown a flurry of punches. That's a little more than handbags. There will of course be attempts to defuse the situation, but it's serious and embarrassing. Those of us who were there know what we saw and also know the perpetrators. Now it's time for the CB to take action. Handbags me arse.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 19, 2021, 10:42:42 AM
One of our GDA's didn't cover himself in glory either. Fine example to younger players.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 19, 2021, 02:05:23 PM
Port look like they will be difficult to stop for two in a row. Hopefully the incoming Laois manager, whoever it is, can get a few more of their lads to go in with the county panel.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 19, 2021, 02:23:04 PM
Port look like they will be difficult to stop for two in a row. Hopefully the incoming Laois manager, whoever it is, can get a few more of their lads to go in with the county panel.

Hopefully whoever he is can get Adam Ryan to commit as well as some of the younger lads.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Smellyball on September 19, 2021, 08:38:36 PM
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2

By jaysus I am brilliant, there's nothing I don't know about football!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 19, 2021, 09:06:33 PM
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2

By jaysus I am brilliant, there's nothing I don't know about football!

Jaysus that’s some going fair play . Who will win it out if you had to pick one ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Smellyball on September 19, 2021, 09:15:46 PM
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2

By jaysus I am brilliant, there's nothing I don't know about football!

Jaysus that’s some going fair play . Who will win it out if you had to pick one ?

Hard to look past portarlington in fairness.
I keep expecting portlaoise buck up but there just doesn't seem to be any improvement from them. Maybe that umpire the other night has given them the lift they need to get going, but as someone posted a few days ago... maybe there's unrest in the camp.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 20, 2021, 12:33:17 AM
If Port are dominant on Laois Team we are in dire straits,  which we are club football is a shadow of 2000-2010
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 20, 2021, 08:56:10 AM
Smellyball ffs some predictions
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: The PRO on September 20, 2021, 09:34:58 AM
Port by 11, Ballyroan AET, Dempseys by 3, graig by 8

Portlaoise by 2, emo by 1, killeshin by 5, Clonaslee by 2

By jaysus I am brilliant, there's nothing I don't know about football!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 20, 2021, 10:08:40 AM
Round 3 draw;

Killeshin v Stradbally

Clonaslee St Manman's v Courtwood

Portlaoise v St Joseph's

Emo v Rosenallis

And the Relegation Semi-Finals

Ballyfin v The Heath

Arles-Killeen v Ballylinan

All hard games to call. I'd be edging towards Stradbally, Courtwood, Portlaoise and Emo. And maybe Ballyfin and Ballylinan to stay out of the relegation final.


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 20, 2021, 10:50:15 AM
If Port are dominant on Laois Team we are in dire straits,  which we are club football is a shadow of 2000-2010

Completely agree. Once again some on here are confusing looking good in our Championship with being good enough to play inter county football. The two are miles apart.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois fan on September 20, 2021, 12:14:11 PM
Well they have had four starters the last few years,do you not think Coffey,moore or the two corner backs are of county standard
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laois Rising on September 20, 2021, 12:24:42 PM
From the first two rounds of championship games how many players in the 20-25 years of age category have really stood out as capable of stepping up and making an impact at intercounty level. For me, Sean Moore did very well in both games against Port and PLaoise. I would like to see him get a proper run in 2022 with the county.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 20, 2021, 12:35:54 PM
Well they have had four starters the last few years,do you not think Coffey,moore or the two corner backs are of county standard

The Laois team at the moment isn't the hardest to break into. The more obvious question should be who can improve the team. The first question is easier to answer than the second. I'm not saying it isn't possible and the right coach would help, but for me, nobody is really standing out enough to make them obvious candidates. A good player should stand out in every game at this level surely?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Robbo on September 20, 2021, 02:42:53 PM
I've seen a lot of matches in both codes over the last couple of weeks. We're not in a great place but at least the football looks quite competitive. I didn't go into the 2 early games on Sunday and though Port are worthy favourites, they're not miles ahead of the pack by any means.

Have to say I was very disappointed with Stradbally. They played into Graigue's hands. I had them as potential dark-horses but they looked a good deal off. Graigue will be there or thereabouts.

O'Dempseys laboured over Rosenallis. Hatch and Barry are dangerous but you'd worry if they are held. They look well-drilled.

Looking forward, I think we'll see wins for Clonaslee, Joe's, Emo and Stradbally.

Ballyfin and Ballylinan should win the relegation semi-finals.

Port favourites; Graigue second.
Very little between O'Ds, Ballyroan, Joseph's, Portlaoise and maybe Strad/Emo.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 20, 2021, 04:00:32 PM
I've seen a lot of matches in both codes over the last couple of weeks. We're not in a great place but at least the football looks quite competitive. I didn't go into the 2 early games on Sunday and though Port are worthy favourites, they're not miles ahead of the pack by any means.

Have to say I was very disappointed with Stradbally. They played into Graigue's hands. I had them as potential dark-horses but they looked a good deal off. Graigue will be there or thereabouts.

O'Dempseys laboured over Rosenallis. Hatch and Barry are dangerous but you'd worry if they are held. They look well-drilled.

Looking forward, I think we'll see wins for Clonaslee, Joe's, Emo and Stradbally.

Ballyfin and Ballylinan should win the relegation semi-finals.

Port favourites; Graigue second.
Very little between O'Ds, Ballyroan, Joseph's, Portlaoise and maybe Strad/Emo.

The fact that Graigue are still the second best team in the county probably means that everyone else is still a way off competing with Port. They should win the Laois championship again but I'm not sure I see them going very far in Leinster if they reached that stage.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 20, 2021, 05:32:11 PM
I've seen a lot of matches in both codes over the last couple of weeks. We're not in a great place but at least the football looks quite competitive. I didn't go into the 2 early games on Sunday and though Port are worthy favourites, they're not miles ahead of the pack by any means.

Have to say I was very disappointed with Stradbally. They played into Graigue's hands. I had them as potential dark-horses but they looked a good deal off. Graigue will be there or thereabouts.

O'Dempseys laboured over Rosenallis. Hatch and Barry are dangerous but you'd worry if they are held. They look well-drilled.

Looking forward, I think we'll see wins for Clonaslee, Joe's, Emo and Stradbally.

Ballyfin and Ballylinan should win the relegation semi-finals.

Port favourites; Graigue second.
Very little between O'Ds, Ballyroan, Joseph's, Portlaoise and maybe Strad/Emo.

The fact that Graigue are still the second best team in the county probably means that everyone else is still a way off competing with Port. They should win the Laois championship again but I'm not sure I see them going very far in Leinster if they reached that stage.

Are Graigue really the second best team in the county though ? I know they got to last years final but they were well beaten by Port. Are they actually any better than Ballyroan, Portlaoise, St Joseph’s , ODempseys, Courtwood ??? I’m not sure . If you took Port out of it you would have a right dung heap
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 21, 2021, 11:20:43 PM
I have to agree with robbo but I am hoping a meeting with Joseph’s will kick us into life,, the dogged defensive display from ballyabbey and plus joes had numerical advantage for most parts of the game and could make zero in roads into them  I feel we are well primed to send them out early but only if graham starts Kevin needs to bite the bullet on this one
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Chrimtain on September 22, 2021, 10:23:03 PM
I enjoy the GAA podcasts that Laois Today produce. They are interesting and provide a means by which those who cannot attend all of the matches (most of us) an insight into the games.

I would, however, love to hear them discuss, with relevant guests, the state of gaelic games in the county, and how badly needed improvements may be brought about.

I would like to hear them discuss these issues with people like Cheddar, Mick Dempsey, Chris Conway and other relevant people.

I think.such a podcast (or series of podcasts) could be beneficial.

Apart from this forum, it seems to me that the state of the GAA is not discussed at all in the county. Laois Today can provide a huge service by filling that void.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 22, 2021, 11:41:31 PM
You're basically asking for people to have a discussion about the failings of individuals, clubs and successive County Boards to address ongoing issues. How unlikely is that? Remember, at the end of the day, all politics is local. It doesn't make a whole pile of difference to any of these people how deep in the shit Laois GAA is. The story still gets written and the administrators still administrate.

New manager announced soon. Some of the applicants were worse than I could have imagined, but you'll get that when you're in the state we are. It'll get the red carpet treatment anyway, but we have far bigger issues to address.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 23, 2021, 09:18:42 AM
i dont think any of us are going to be happy with who im hearing is nominated ,,alot were approached to do the job and all have turned it down so its a tough process at the minute for the commitee who are probably going to get the blame because the county board stepped away from that process,,still no meeting on why L Phelan was turfed out why would anyone wana be apart of that set up Eddie was given the u20 job and there was alot more candidates looking for it and for me alot more better men,,but the politics of laois GAA is great
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: High Fielder on September 23, 2021, 09:40:10 AM
The whole process is a joke. The nodding dogs who do or don't attend these CB meetings, and then ratify them for another year and then another, ought to just piss off. Clearly the free parking and entry is clouding their ability to do anything good for Laois GAA. The poor stooks on the Committee probably got a free jacket and expenses. And for what? To stop us being sold to the lowest bidder? There is no hope for us unless we rid ourselves of cronyism and petty politics. I heard the phone calls back and forth after last week's row were like something out of the UN. Priorities eh?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 23, 2021, 04:41:16 PM
agreed high fielder
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 23, 2021, 06:21:59 PM
Eddie was given the u20 job and there was alot more candidates looking for it and for me alot more better men,,but the politics of laois GAA is great
Well if you know so much, who were all these other outstanding candidates? Throw up these names, you say there's a lot of them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: thegreeenandgold on September 23, 2021, 09:11:18 PM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 23, 2021, 09:57:06 PM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.

That Laois U-20 team wasn’t a great one, let’s be honest. They had been hammered by Meath at their respective Minor grade a few years previous.

Kinsella got a Laois team to a Leinster final before that, where the Dublin side were just too strong in the end and I believe they went on to win an All-Ireland. Personally, I don’t have an issue with Kinsella staying on as U-20 manager for another year as I think he’s a decent coach. He’s done well with Courtwood as well.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: town1980 on September 24, 2021, 12:38:38 AM
Oh SCFC you not in the no..? but the green and gold ffs you have it spot on it’s an abs joke what’s going on here,, Eddie great referee but beaten well by port at the weekend act Shuda  been beaten by more a joke that he has the u20 job again but fergal  another man on the review committee who got rid of Laurence phelan is on the job Laois gaa is a joke simple as all of the fore mentioned were interested but one man for me with a track record working with younger lads shuda got the job but I’ll let yes guess who I think 🤔
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: thegreeenandgold on September 24, 2021, 01:21:20 AM
I'd guess by the amount sniffing round this isn't a bad Laois Team. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Spiritof86 on September 24, 2021, 03:40:05 PM
i dont think any of us are going to be happy with who im hearing is nominated ,,alot were approached to do the job and all have turned it down so its a tough process at the minute for the commitee who are probably going to get the blame because the county board stepped away from that process,,still no meeting on why L Phelan was turfed out why would anyone wana be apart of that set up Eddie was given the u20 job and there was alot more candidates looking for it and for me alot more better men,,but the politics of laois GAA is great

Who is nominated for the job ? Is it a secret ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: SCFC on September 24, 2021, 08:03:59 PM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.
You "think all of them expressed an interest"?  Sugrue definitely didn't anyway. Out of the rest of them you named kearns would have been an interesting appointment. Can't really see what Donncha Phelan offers. He didn't exactly tear up trees with the minors!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Spiritof86 on September 24, 2021, 08:50:06 PM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.
You "think all of them expressed an interest"?  Sugrue definitely didn't anyway. Out of the rest of them you named kearns would have been an interesting appointment. Can't really see what Donncha Phelan offers. He didn't exactly tear up trees with the minors!

Pretty sure 3 out of 6 of them lads had no interest in this particular role . Love to hear more of an explanation to this !?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Helix. on September 24, 2021, 09:12:45 PM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.
You "think all of them expressed an interest"?  Sugrue definitely didn't anyway. Out of the rest of them you named kearns would have been an interesting appointment. Can't really see what Donncha Phelan offers. He didn't exactly tear up trees with the minors!

Pretty sure 3 out of 6 of them lads had no interest in this particular role . Love to hear more of an explanation to this !?
I was wondering was Kearns in the reckoning for senior post tbh.

I see Mícheal Quirke on ticket with Jack O’Connor for Kerry senior post according to independent.ie
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2021
Post by: Spiritof86 on September 25, 2021, 08:47:49 AM
John Sugrue
P J Dempsey
Padraig Clancy
Kevin Doogue
Donnacha Phelan
Eoin Kearns

I think all of them expressed an interest but then Eddie did a fine Job getting beaten by Wicklow, so the review must have been positive from Fergal.
You "think all of them expressed an interest"?  Sugrue definitely didn't anyway. Out of the rest of them you named kearns would have been an interesting appointment. Can't really see what Donncha Phelan offers. He didn't exactly tear up trees with the minors!

Pretty sure 3 out of 6 of them lads had no interest in this particular role . Love to hear more of an explanation to this !?
I was wondering was Kearns in the reckoning for senior post tbh.

I see Mícheal Quirke on ticket with Jack O’Connor for Kerry senior post according to independent.ie

Good move for Quirke and probably what he needed after his debacle in Laois .