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Laois / Re: Leinster Club Football Championship 2018
« on: November 12, 2018, 08:14:32 AM »
A fine performance from Portlaoise.  No mean feat going to the home of the reigning Leinster champions and knocking them out.
I thought Portlaoise were much stronger all over the field with Moorefield still relying on Sweeney to carry them when it mattered most. Jesus they were shocking in the first half.

Portlaoise started brightly and seemed to have a grip on the game almost all over the field but especially at midfield. But for all the dominance they were on 2 points up and i felt they needed the goal badly and then it came, a gift from the goalie. Brody made couple of smart saves in the first half to keep them out which was important playing with the wind. Not sure what went through his head for the goal but he looked as stunned as anyone! Its not hard to forgive him in fairness, especially with the run he went on near the end, as someone said it was great drama and excitement! 

Thought Portlaoise reacted really well to the goal kicking 3 points without reply and that was game over really. Moorefield never looked like pulling Portlaoise back. Some great defending from Portlaoise you really have to admire how they defend. Huge work rate, they dont sit too deep everyone must pick up a lose man so the man in possession has little options. Result is opposition have to kick a ball to a man marked with turnover possible rather than passing handy balls around the middle.

Chris Finn was outstanding, came out with huge amounts of balls. Holland likewise. Healy had his hands full in second half with Jack O Connors son Eanna but he will come on a ton from that. He will need to as I would imagine he will be picking up a certain P Mannion next day out. 2 midfieldes very good, McEvoy really impressed me i have to say. Lillis the wise head rarely does wrong thing. Up front Bruno was Bruno and Cahilane played a big roll, as now is normal for him to be fair.

Semi final will be a cracker, Portlaoise have every chance especially with Saunders and Carroll to come back they will feel they go there with a chance of a upset.

Great support there as someone pointed out, from all over the county. I have 3 theories there though call me cynical if you like but someone might be able to shed some light  ;D Was there a big crowd there from around Laois to a) support Portlaoise, b)see Portlaoise lose or c) see a Kildare team lose? 

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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 25, 2018, 11:16:09 AM »
"I could see by my team-matesí faces that it wasnít good"
Ross King tells Shane Keegan about the horrific injury that has shocked the game of hurling


https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/i-could-see-by-my-team-mates-faces-that-it-wasnt-good-bnh8cfp9l

Brilliant interview - fair play to him for speaking so honestly about it.

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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:46:15 AM »
Ah come on you left out the best bit

. Camross are worthy champions

Sorry, couldn't take myself to write it

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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:42:28 AM »
Reading through all these comments here and social media its nothing short of a disgrace the way the camross team and people are being portrayed. The incident itself wasn't as bad as what is stated, king himself ran 40 yards to get involved so technically going by the rules that's a third man tackle and a red card for himself, an incident that last 30 seconds on the day has been circulated in slow motion and stretched to 1 minute and 40 seconds and looks way worse than what actually happened, Laois Today themselves have a lot to answer for, unfortunate what happened to king but these things happen sometimes in hurling and its not just in Laois or not just teams like Camross.

The standard of refs in the county is a joke, reading through FB and referee's from R/E making comments about sorting Camross out next year?, even R/E refs attacking the referee at half time in the dressing room is just shocking, were is the fair play here when officials are intimidating others? in the second half there were 12 frees awarded to R/E and 1 to Camross and also nearly 5 minutes injury time in the second half when only 2 had been agreed. There would have been murder after the match had Camross not won with this carry on.

As for the few pics on social media circulating and people trying to instigate that its this and that, people really need to see sense here, lads out drinking and celebrating all day like clearly wouldn't see sense at 3 o clock in the morning, I'm certain there was no real malicious in any of it. At this stage people really need to accept the fact that Camross have won.

R/E people have really showed there class over there attitude and comments since being beat on Sunday, they really are nothing but sore losers. Camross are champions for 2018 and in doing so have beat R/E 4 times this year so they are in my opinion and on paper worthy champions.

I stopped reading at "40 yards", hard to look past such a blatant lie. Anyone care to bullet point the rest of it?



- Everyone except Camross are a disgrace
- looks worse in slowmotion
- King deserved it
- Wasnt Camross fault
- All teams play like this
- Laois todays fault
- Reffs fault
- Pictures are Bulmers fault
- Rathdowneys fault
- Rathdowney have bad manners online


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Laois / Re: Club Hurling
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:18:14 AM »
A shallow victory for Camross - though i doubt they will see it that way. An absolute disgrace what happened to Ross. And a yellow card given - comical. Wouldn't let that reff do another game here. I hope there is some reprimand for that player who carried out that assault - one of the worst strokes iv seen on a hurling pitch in a long long time. As someone said a right hard man it takes to do something like that, he should be ashamed of himself.

The incident was actually the turning point of the game. R/e were on top hurling into the breeze, game changed when Roddy went off - jesus still cant believe Camross player only got a yellow card. From that point on Camross were well on top - only some very questionable refereeing in the second half kept R/e in the game - perhaps realizing his mistake in the first half. And some poor Camross shooting. Ciaran Collier was probably the standout player for me. Hope Eddie Brennan can get him back on board. 

With regards to Leinster - I would always shout for our county champions as neutral but i wont be going to support Camross this year. I dont give them any hope anyway.

Best wished to Roddy for a speedy recovery and hope the damage isnt too bad. A nicer fella you couldn't meet i was disgusted for him - he gives his all for  Laois everyday he playes - I hope it wont put him off as he is certainly one of our big players and leaders.

Intermediate final was so and so - it was always going to be a dogfight scenario and Portlaoise just dogged it out best. Good to see them back senior. Cian Taylor was the main difference up front, ball was sticking to him inside and he was setting up enough chances that Portlaoise would get over the line. Healy just a phenomenal beast. Would be great to see him back with Laois next year. (in both codes - wishful thinking i fear though!!)

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:27:34 PM »
I would say this is the best conditioned Portlaoise team ever,  they are a different level to anything else in this County and the levels of commitment are mind blowing.  Malachy has created a culture with them that is simply different level to anything else, as I have said before their football in my opinion is their weakest aspect.  They will destroy O Dempsey's too,  I really think they are working harder than the rest of by a factor of two and it's showing.   It does help you have somewhere between 20-40 lads with the same mentality but the advantage is not raw talent more competition for places.  The fact is that everybody is under pressure for their spot.  The scary thing is if they can keep this mentality up they only need 1 or 2 new bodies every year to keep the system flowing.  I would be disappointed if they don't have a right go at the All Ireland Club.

There are too many clubs in Laois for the size of the population we have. Portlaoise are only dominant in Laois. Outside of it, their record isn't great. Maybe instead of looking to weaken Portlaoise, clubs should concentrate on pooling their obviously thin resources and making themselves stronger. Case in point. Arles. Farcical situation. Joined at underage but flogging the dead horse at Senior. No benefit to Laois and no benefit to themselves.

Joint winning-most club in Leinster football championship history.

It was obvious enough that I meant in recent times. Jesus.

My apologies so  8)

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
I would say this is the best conditioned Portlaoise team ever,  they are a different level to anything else in this County and the levels of commitment are mind blowing.  Malachy has created a culture with them that is simply different level to anything else, as I have said before their football in my opinion is their weakest aspect.  They will destroy O Dempsey's too,  I really think they are working harder than the rest of by a factor of two and it's showing.   It does help you have somewhere between 20-40 lads with the same mentality but the advantage is not raw talent more competition for places.  The fact is that everybody is under pressure for their spot.  The scary thing is if they can keep this mentality up they only need 1 or 2 new bodies every year to keep the system flowing.  I would be disappointed if they don't have a right go at the All Ireland Club.

There are too many clubs in Laois for the size of the population we have. Portlaoise are only dominant in Laois. Outside of it, their record isn't great. Maybe instead of looking to weaken Portlaoise, clubs should concentrate on pooling their obviously thin resources and making themselves stronger. Case in point. Arles. Farcical situation. Joined at underage but flogging the dead horse at Senior. No benefit to Laois and no benefit to themselves.

Joint winning-most club in Leinster football championship history.

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Laois / Re: Laois Divisional Championship
« on: September 19, 2018, 08:05:16 AM »
If Portlaoise win senior championship will players from Portlaoise intermediates be involved? 

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I'd go with something like this:
         

          Brody
 
Strong Timmons Dillon
   
   Damien O Connor

Crowley Begley Collins

        JOL Lillis

Evan O'C  P Kingston Donoher

   Donie    Gary Walsh

No sweeper please just go for it  :D Its Monaghan, we have footballers to beat them! No seriously i hate the sweeper. I know it must be used at times but let the full back line mark their men man on man and trust them. Will they drop someone out the field themselves, probably, leaving a free man. Let the free man cover the other 2 and help out. Play another in the full forward the instead where we have a threat,  leave 3 up instead of 2 free defenders. What the hell.

Also i think you have some neck leaving players off your team as you sit anonymously on the internet!  8)

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Just listened to the interview - no better man - Ross has done his county proud every time he wore the blue and white.

I'll never forget his performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 Leinster Final where he nearly single handedly got us over the line.

An inspirational guy to have in our dressing room.

Strange with all the games he won but that Dublin game is what sticks in my mind too when I think of Ross Munnelly. I was in the upper Hogan and he was telling his own players to get out of his way and make room for him as he was sprinting from one touch line to the other to win posession. He demanded the ball each time Laois came forward, he must have ran about 15 miles that day. He was incredieble and the Dubs were hitting him hard and often as they recognised he was the danger man but still he came back for more each time. Probably one of the best performances I have seen from any player in a Laois jersey.

Yeah an unbelievable performance that day from him. How he didn't get an all star that year still baffles me.  If ever there is going to be a statue of a Laois player it'll surely be Ross! Maybe when he retires! If he retires!!  :o

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I think we will beat them, shur we are on a roll...11 wins in a row  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Well, someone has to start the optimism  8)

Great to see Laois jerseys out in force again! Well done to Sugrue and the players theres an awful lot to be said for good attitude and commitment.

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Laois / Re: 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:27:25 PM »
The county board see managers as very important people. When the hurling team play poorly they blame the manager, sack him, appoint a committee and eventually announce a new manager. Everyone then moves on and the county board is happy for another year. The role of the manager is therefore to take the fall for the CB. Hurling is secondary.

If you take the above, slightly tongue in cheek argument to it's fruition, you could say that the role of the county board is to take the fall for the clubs. The county board are elected by the clubs to do the bidding of the clubs. When everything is crap, we then put it on the useless ineffective has-beens that we have appointed.

This won't be solved without the clubs having a combined ambition for hurling in the county. The first thing they need to do is put an autonomous hurling board together with capability. Beg Cheddar to chair it and give him complete authority and independent funding. Wouldn't it be great to see the likes of Pat Critchley, Paul Cuddy, Enda Lyons, Joe Dollard and Willie Hyland running hurling development in Laois rather than what we have had to put up with.

The clubs also need to stand up and get top class coaches at all age groups. There are some incredible lads who give great time to their clubs but the don't necessarily have the skills and experience to build skill levels between 8-14 years of age when motor skills are developed. Arguably, if you miss this formative period in the development of a hurler you are done. It has been a constant bug-bear of minor managers over the years that they are getting lads at 16 / 17 and have to coach skills that should be long established with sub-optimal results. I have personally yet to see a lad who was an ok hurler at that age turn into a super one at 23.

Anyway, that's my rant. The clubs and public blame the county board who blame the manager. It all starts and ends with the clubs and always has.

Thumbs up. Well summed.
Just regarding people wondering what cheddars plans was, I donít need to see it to know it was the right plan. No stone should be left unturned in an attempt to get him back. Canít see it happening but by god someone should be trying. It was no surprise our fortunes turned up with him and Zoom in charge of teams. Bite the bullet and go back to them.

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Laois / Re: 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 05, 2018, 08:56:31 AM »
A sad sad day for Laois hurling Saturday. An absolute disaster - a 10 point beating by Carlow. Thats down there with the 10 goals Cork scored. In fact id say we are now in a worse position than after that defeat - back then there was talk of dropping to Christy Ring, now there is same talk except this time dropping to Christy Ring is going to tier 3 not tier 2! How have we become so bad? Senior manager clearly has to take some of the blame but not all. I do believe the players are trying hard. Hurling has been in decline again since Cheddar left and the county board have done zilch. They are an absolute disgrace lets call a spade a spade. They are responsible for this - they had their chance with Cheddars plan. They didn't have the ambition to persue it. They wouldn't fund it because that would require work to raise money. A shower of dinosaurs ruining hurling in this county. Where do we go from here? We have no saviour like Cheddar to come in this time. A plan, a vision, a strategy over 5-10 years is whats needed now. Can we honestly see that happening through the Laois county board? No chance. We are in big big trouble now unless Croke Park step in to help us. Watching the teams hurling in the Munster championship would make you jealous - an unbelievable sport that is sadly dying in Laois.

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Have to say i really enjoyed the match Saturday. The excitement was amazing it was great to have such a big Laois crowd there id say we outnumbered the locals! Experts (and those not there) will bemoan the first half performance, we were lucky, missed chances ect but i have to say it was great to be there Saturday its a very long time since i came away from a Laois match as happy. It was pure entertainment in the second half. Well done to lads who gave all for Laois in that second half the spirit and pride in jersey was great and thats all we ask for. Just a note on big Donie, for godsake leave him on the edge of the square the next day and kick it in long and fast there isnt a full back in the country that'll keep him quiet!   ;D

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Laois / Re: 2018 National Football League Division 4
« on: April 03, 2018, 08:27:39 AM »
How come footballing counties celebrate like mad (and rightly so) after winning a division 2, 3 or 4 league title and yet when a tiered championship system is mentioned they are annoyed.

Post from former Kilkenny keeper David Herity on twitter.

Interesting thought. What would the feeling be here on Laois playing in a second tier comp? What re our aims now in the championship, beat couple of teams our own level and bow out graciously to a higher division team? Isnt that pointless? Why couldn't we be in a competition, div 3 & 4 teams, with a realistic ambitions of winning it? We have no chance, nor do most teams of winning Sam. Not right now anyway.

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