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« Reply #37755 on: April 02, 2018, 05:33:12 PM »
I was just looking at the fixtures for next weekend on the county website. Disappointing that every match is on at the same time across the divisions. Surely most neutrals would want to get to see Loughgiel V Dunloy? Similar with ourselves and Loughgiel last weekend? Couldn't we have the other games at 2pm and then Loughgiel V Dunloy at 5pm?
The clubs with agreement can change them if everyone is happy, it worked well that weekend there
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« Reply #37756 on: April 03, 2018, 12:16:32 AM »
I was just looking at the fixtures for next weekend on the county website. Disappointing that every match is on at the same time across the divisions. Surely most neutrals would want to get to see Loughgiel V Dunloy? Similar with ourselves and Loughgiel last weekend? Couldn't we have the other games at 2pm and then Loughgiel V Dunloy at 5pm?
Good piece by Colum Thompson in The Saffron Gael about this (and possibly inspired by this post).

http://thesaffrongael.com/2018/04/02/i-want-to-see-more-hurling/

Hard to disagree with anything he has written. The fixtures people have a hard job at times of the year bit then there are occasions early on when all teams are fielding, there are no clashes and seemingly promoting attendance at matches is a no-brainer. Very unimaginative.

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« Reply #37757 on: April 03, 2018, 03:12:37 PM »
I have to agree with JJ and Colum on this. It makes sense to stagger the fixture throw in times to give us all a chance to get to games over the weekend. And as Colum stated it would generate more income at the gates. It can only be a win /win  situation for all.
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« Reply #37758 on: April 04, 2018, 08:54:57 AM »
i would agree with that as well SIE tho what i will say is the state of the league fixtures this year means we play the reverse fixture against Lgiel on the 21st October - a game that will prob never get played as its over 1 month from the second last fixture.

where is the sense in that and what though put towards clubs for games and gate receipts? this fixture generates a good gate for both clubs yet its basically never going to be played, like those other fixtures that weekend, at the end of October.
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« Reply #37759 on: April 04, 2018, 09:10:04 AM »
The fixtures truely are baffling - one match in May, one in June, a couple in July (depending on what Div you play) , 4 games in Aug in 12days and then nothing till end of Oct.

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« Reply #37760 on: April 04, 2018, 09:52:57 AM »
with the championship being a group stage theres the potential for a lot more of those league games never to be played. its valuable gate receipts lost for each club
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« Reply #37761 on: April 04, 2018, 02:11:26 PM »
Being involved with teams in the lower Divisions for a few years now, it's hard to get a game moved between teams most of the time because most teams think you are missing players etc and want to get a perceived advantage. I think the County Board should look at this and stagger start times of certain games that draw an interest to the neutrals. It couldn't be that hard? 

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« Reply #37762 on: April 04, 2018, 02:56:27 PM »
Being involved with teams in the lower Divisions for a few years now, it's hard to get a game moved between teams most of the time because most teams think you are missing players etc and want to get a perceived advantage. I think the County Board should look at this and stagger start times of certain games that draw an interest to the neutrals. It couldn't be that hard?


It would be harder than you think.

Take the weekend past for instance. All three Ards clubs were up in the glens.
Portaferry must have come to an agreement with Dunloy to play their games on the Saturday, fair play to them.
We approached the Dall for Saturday games as well as we run our annual 10k race on the Sunday, they couldn't facilitate as lads were working on Saturday. Fair enough.
Ballycran and Loughgeil played at the same time IIRC.
To facilitate spreading both games apart would mean an early start for one travelling team and / or a late journey home for another and this on Easter Sunday.

Parallel games in the Ards also affects gate receipts, would a North Antrim team be happy with an evening throw in down in the Ards on a Sunday, not getting home the far side of 10pm?

See things from both sides lads.

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« Reply #37763 on: April 05, 2018, 08:23:49 AM »
Loughgiel v Dunloy is now changed.

Reserve 4:30pm & Senior 6pm.

seems someone was listening :D
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« Reply #37764 on: April 09, 2018, 08:29:26 AM »
interesting game yesterday between ourselves and Lgiel. Was a good entertaining game with plenty happening. I don't think either side played well or up to their full potential so its hard this early in the season to see what will be come the end of the year.

Its prob the first time in a fair few years that we have won the reserve and senior game against Loughgiel.
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« Reply #37765 on: April 09, 2018, 09:35:52 AM »
interesting game yesterday between ourselves and Lgiel. Was a good entertaining game with plenty happening. I don't think either side played well or up to their full potential so its hard this early in the season to see what will be come the end of the year.

Its prob the first time in a fair few years that we have won the reserve and senior game against Loughgiel.

Got to the game, Dunloy looked as if there was bit more in the tank. Conditions not great for the match with a heavy pitch before the rain came on, maybe time LG took a look at that pitch it seems to have deteriorated badly over the last number of years.


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« Reply #37766 on: April 09, 2018, 11:39:03 AM »
I do know that its been used for training for their teams but that boils down to no space for everyone to use. we are lucky in a sense that our main pitch is closed all the time to any training sessions and it keeps it in a decent shape.

tho the rain and bad weather hasnt helped any of the pitches this year so far
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« Reply #37767 on: April 09, 2018, 11:57:02 AM »
I do know that its been used for training for their teams but that boils down to no space for everyone to use. we are lucky in a sense that our main pitch is closed all the time to any training sessions and it keeps it in a decent shape.

tho the rain and bad weather hasnt helped any of the pitches this year so far

The big ball games coming up wont make them any better
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« Reply #37768 on: April 09, 2018, 12:12:58 PM »
Can't remember any work being done in Fr Healy in my lifetime...thats a long time  :-\.......stand to be corrected
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« Reply #37769 on: April 09, 2018, 12:20:54 PM »
Can't remember any work being done in Fr Healy in my lifetime...thats a long time  :-\.......stand to be corrected

You'd have hurled senior on the old pitch before the new one surely  ;D
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