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Will be shown on the BBC iPlayer.

Antrim failed to get out of Div 4 this year.

Down by 6 or 7.

Desperate stuff on Sat evening.  Poor from Armagh and Fermanagh under Gallagher and McMenamin are becoming the poster boys for anti-football, diving and play acting.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: May 21, 2018, 09:52:20 AM »
In these studies it's always worth looking at the questions that were asked.  The one on an UI was:

“When the UK leaves the EU, if there was a referendum in Northern Ireland asking people whether they want Northern Ireland to remain in the United Kingdom or to re-unify with the rest of Ireland, how would you vote in that referendum?”

The headline figure is 21% would vote for a UI is making the news but if it were  - "Unionist concern as only 50.3% of people will vote to stay in the UK" it puts a different slant on it.  As the report itself says "It is possible to interpret our data from the two investigations in different ways..."

Interesting is the 26% "Don't Know" and the 11% of Catholics who said they wouldn't vote.  These people would be needed to "win" a border poll.  I suppose if you're a "Don't Know" you are persuadable.  As I always say supporters of a UI need to convince a lot of small "n" nationalists before they think about persuading unionists.

BTW I just heard Jim Wells on the radio rubbishing other parts of this report as being carried out by remoaner academics with a vested interest in the EU.

General discussion / Re: Paddy Jackson apology
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:19:31 PM »
Jackson's application for costs was heard today.  The judge deferred her judgement and said that due to work pressures she wouldn't deliver a judgement in the near future.  Jackson's QC stated in support of his application that Jackson "had no employment and no offers of employment".

Leitrim survived a real banana skin v New York after a debilitating League; Carlow took out Louth from Division2; Laois got over Div 3 Wexford after ET and bottom of Div 4 Wicklow shocked Offaly. Nice to see the up turn in fortunes for these counties. London recovered from a bad start v Sligo to finish strongly but had left themselves with too much to do.
Antrim to shock Down?
Limerick and Waterford though look like they have too much ground to make up v Clare and Tipp - two counties who were Division 4 residents for a number of seasons just a short while ago.

So maybe the Championship isn't dead just yet!

Not a chance :(

General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 04:18:06 PM »
That England squad has scored 55 international goals in total.  Cristiano Ronaldo has 81, Messi has 61, Neymar has 53 and Lewandowski has 52.  It looks like it'll be the only squad with no players from outside its own league.

General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:40:44 PM »
He’ll play 3 at the back

Trippier                                 Young  :o
        Dier - Henderson - Ali

On paper it looks a terrible squad but possibly they’ll do better than much more heralded squads (could hardly do worse I suppose)

Yep...on paper it doesn't look like a squad that will have other teams quaking in their boots, but they've a decent draw in the group and last 16 stage (will play the winner/runner up of the Poland/Senegal/Colombia/Japan group if they get through).  I detect the English media and supporters have less expectancy than other years so they may go without pressure.  Can't see them being anywhere near winning it though.

In other news Mario Gotze scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 final not selected for the German provisional squad of 28.

General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:29:21 PM »
England final squad announced:

Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley)

Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Rose (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester)

Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham)

Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal)

Edit:  Five players have been placed on standby - Tom Heaton (Burnley), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Lewis Cook - who?? (Bournemouth), Jake Livermore (WBA) and Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Is the fact that the British PM is not confident that NI would vote to remain in the UK in a border poll not a signal to the SoS that she should call one?? ;)

General discussion / Re: Paddy Jackson apology
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:08:45 PM »
To follow up on the differences in reporting rape trials in NI and RoI, reporting restrictions were lifted this morning on a case allowing the media to report that last month former Ros Na Run actor Garrett Phillips was convicted of the oral rape of a 20 year woman in Galway in 2015.  Sentencing will take place in July.  Frank Greaney's twitter feed has more details.

DUP find Brexit negotiations a bit trickier than expected.

Hurling Discussion / Re: 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:44:38 AM »
Great win from Antrim today to make it 2 out of 2 but some disgraceful antics from the Carlow players. They finished with 12 and 3 Antrim players are currently in hospital. Should be lengthy bans given out! No place for it in our games.
+1.  Apparently one player had his privates ripped open by the butt of a hurl in an off the ball cowardly strike.  The sort of stuff that should be dealt with by the courts rather than HQ.

From what I've heard about that injury, the perpetrator should have the book thrown at least once.

« on: May 14, 2018, 09:41:54 AM »
I was talking to a friend who was at the game.  He said Carlow's display of pure dirty play was the worst he's seen in years.

General discussion / Re: Fionn's bringing captionCompetitionBack
« on: May 11, 2018, 09:21:53 AM »
Unionist fury...about something in that picture

Close enough game.  Armagh maybe very slight favourites?? A point or two in it either way but my gut tells me Fermanagh might sneak it.

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