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Laois / Re: 2018 National Football League Division 4
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:12:25 PM »
No no donít tell us yet ...November is a horrible month keep it going till December

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Club Football Championship 2017
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:32:33 PM »
A couple of posters here have questioned the quality of Portlaoise lads, but I think that's missing the point. Both Moorefield and Portlaoise showed on Sunday that the system and team work are more important than the individual. Having watched Laois closely over the last few years, there hasn't been a system. A couple of our experienced midfielders have been known to hoof the ball to Donie and stand with hands on hips. That simply won't do in modern football. As Nameless pointed out, the emphasis now is on speed and conditioning. I would add good support play into that mix. Portlaoise players are good enough. Anyone who commits, trains and buys into a system should be considered. Anyone who doesn't should be discarded.

Excellent post. It's easy to denigrate the quality of the players but we have really been without any kind of discernible system of play since McNulty (and that system had some serious flaws too). In addition to all the physical elements of "the system" mentioned above, there is a winning mindset that has to be developed which, I'm afraid, seems very absent from some of our better players.

I'd agree plenty of players good enough on Sunday. A lot of harsh comment re the quality of players  on Dillon in particular.
Some players don't have 70 minutes in them and need to be replaced earlier( no matter who they are) especially  with this running game one or two tired players and it all breaks down.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Club Football Championship 2017
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:24:01 PM »
They didn't have the fitness level required for their running game, their support play which was excellent in the first half was gone half way through the second half resulting in them losing possession 3 or 4 times towards the end.

Ref was poor, a box in the face is a yellow at least, Dillon gets a yellow for pulling down a player off the ball when it should have being a black.

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:59:48 PM »
I might be way off but i don't think the lads were unfit. They were training since November. The issue was the lack of pace in the team which makes it crazy that Dillon wasn't starting. Apart from Farrell and Damien O'Connor where was the pace? We need to inject some youth and pace into the team.

Any suggestions

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:09:59 PM »
Yeah, i know there are a few lads that don't have 3 or 4 years left - like Padraig or Brendan or Ross.

My point is that we still have a large chunk of lads who are still in their prime or late prime. I consider 23 - 31 to be the prime years, and most of our lads are still within that age bracket, albeit most of them towards the latter stages. 3-4 years for a 28/29/30 year old is normal as most lads bow out around the 33/34 age mark. Having said that of course we could do with some fresh new talent making the transition.
They might play on but they are no where near the players they once were.
Who are the 5 new players ?
If itís the same panel as last year forget it, we wonít beat Westmeath.

Laois / Re: Championship Draw 2018
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:42:05 PM »
Yeah I agree with you there Ballyroan. There are about 5 new players from this years county championship that i think can make a good difference to our squad. Let's hope the old reliables commit, too, especially tried and trusted backs like Cahir Healy. We could really do with everyone on board. Those lads around the age of Healy, Timmons, JOL, Begley etc still have another 3-4 good years in them in my opinion. John Surgue is universally liked, from what I hear. No excuse for lads saying "ah sure he's from Town X, he'll be biased" and no excuse for lads from portlaoise either. If you want to play, you want to play, and that's it. A players career is short enough. Why not challenge yourself at the top level while you're able to do it. Best of luck to all who commit to play for Laois in 2018, we as support will be with you all the way. If you give 100%, regardless of what happens, we'll be very satisfied. We're a proud GAA county and we can all do better than the last couple of years. Laois Abu
Tony I very much doubt it is thereís 5 players out there that will make a difference.
I havenít seen any club football this year and Iím waiting to see the name of one player who will force him way on to this team, as a matter of fact Iím waiting for about 5 years for news of that outstanding new player.
Thereís 8 from last years panel who will be 32 or older next year thereís no 3 or 4 years left in those boys in fact most of them were finished 2 years ago, letís be real here unless 7 or 8 very good players emerge out of nowhere further decline is inevitable.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:00:37 PM »

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: October 09, 2017, 04:42:49 PM »
Is there minor next year , I thought minor was finished.

Laois / Re: Laois SFC 2017
« on: September 25, 2017, 01:41:24 PM »
As a matter of interest why can't they have 2 teams senior... I do remember them having 2 minor teams in the championship.

Simply declare 2 separate panel at the start of the year and off you go.

No ?

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:43:55 PM »
Is it not a problem for the wider GAA same as Dublin was on a smaller scale.
I've bought up this subject many times and no one it seems even want to discuss it.

We spent the whole of last winter discussing amalgamation and the problem rural clubs were having numbers wise, here we have serious numbers just waiting for someone to look after them.
Thats the issue WTF is looking after them. With the best will in the world one club couldn't look after those numbers.
The GAA at national level needs to act in regard to towns in a similar situation to Portlaoise.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 28, 2017, 05:30:01 PM »
Tony don't know where your getting that Higgins, Clancy are not interested.  Don't know about Malachy or Sugrue.   Billy Sheehan is not a passionate Laois Man, thus Neymar is passionate for Barcelona when he kisses the badge.  Tony I have no doubt of your passion for Laois.  Billy is a passionate GAA MAN,  but his allegiance to this county is one of convenience.   He was only here as long as it suited him and he has returned because it suited him.  I am sure he is a nice fella on a personal level,  but in my opinion he is petrol on a fire.  It is not of his making, but the County Board should they try to implement this will further drive a wedge between themselves and some of the clubs they claim to represent.  I honestly have no idea how you make Billy a passionate Laois Man.  Tony you called me an idiot when I told you Creedon was a dreadful appointment(that was last September), you also claimed that he was popular with the team (they died with their boots on for him ???).  Well I am telling you the appointment of Billy Sheehan has the possiblity of being a whole lot worse(I don't doubt he has some coaching ability) but like Creedon he has no hope of being universally popular among the Laois GAA public, in fact he is quite the opposite, he is very polarising.  Without the fans, clubs, sponsors and potential players being behind you, it makes any chance of success nearly impossible.

I don't forsee Billy doing much in 3 years except getting out of Div 4 but hey ho whats 3 wasted years.

While I am passionate for Laois Football,  I won't be a mug for it.

Universal approval  !!!    are you for real, ask Micko ( during his time in Kerry) Ger Lougnane, Dave Fitz,  Harte,   Paudi,  Rochford,  have the county love him the other have well.....Laois no different at least ???

If we had Jim Gavin and the funding available to him where would that get us next year or  the year after  ???   division 3  and probably back to  division 4. because we simply don't have the players.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:27:18 AM »
We need someone who the players and fans respect, so that rules Banty out.

I know  what you'r saying Tony ...... but does that person actually exist.

Laois / Re: Laois GAA Strategic Review
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:48:41 PM »
Surly with 25% of the population a GDA should be assigned solely to Portlaoise.

Laois / Re: Laois SFC 2017
« on: August 17, 2017, 10:00:55 PM »
Dare I say
Green shoots

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 11, 2017, 07:01:11 PM »
what have these last few points got to do with the laois managers job???

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