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Title: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on March 09, 2018, 12:46:29 AM
Draws made for 2018 Laois football championships


Laois Shopping Centre SFC

Portlaoise v Ballyfin Gaels
Clonaslee Gaels v Killeshin
Emo v Arles-Killeen
Portarlington v Ballyroan-Abbey
St Joseph’s v The Heath
Ballylinan v Crettyard Gaels
O’Dempsey’s v Graiguecullen
Stradbally v Arles-Kilcruise
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on March 09, 2018, 12:55:32 AM
Here are the rest of the football draws

Laois Shopping Centre IFC
Barrowhouse V The Rock
Courtwood v Mountmellick
St Joseph’s V Timahoe
Rosenallis v Portlaoise

Laois Shopping Centre JFC ‘A’
Portarlington v Portlaoise
Killeshin v Ballylinan
Spink v Graiguecullen
The Heath v Kilcavan
Park-Ratheniska v O’Dempsey’s
Errill v Camross
Stradbally v Ballyroan-Abbey
Anannough v The Harps

Laois Shopping Centre JFC ‘B’
Arles-Killeen v Castletown
Rosenallis v Mountmellick
Arles-Kilcruise v Emo
Timahoe v The Rock

Laois Shopping Centre JFC ‘C’
Round 1
Rathdowney v Mountrath
Slieve Bloom v Annanough
Round 2
Rathdowney or Mountrath v Portarlington
Slieve Bloom or Annanough v St Joseph’s
Borris-in-Ossory v Graiguecullen
Park-Ratheniska v Crettyard
Ballyfin v Clonaslee
Courtwood v Killeshin
Barrowhouse v Trumera
Kilcotton v O’Dempsey’s

Laois Shopping Centre U-21 FC ‘A’
Round 1
Emo-Courtwood-The Rock v Stradbally Parish Gaels
Quarter-finals
Emo-Courtwood-The Rock or Stradbally Parish Gaels v St Joseph’s
Ballyroan-Abbey v Ballylinan
Graiguecullen v Portlaoise
Sarsfields v Portarlington

Laois Shopping Centre U-21 FC ‘B’
Round 1
1. Rosenallis v Killeshin-Crettyard
2. Na Fianna Og v O’Dempsey’s
Semi-finals
Winners 1 v The Heath
Winners 2 v Park-Ratheniska/Spink

Laois Shopping Centre U-19 FC ‘A’
Group A
Portlaoise
Courtwood-Emo
The Heath
Ballyroan-Abbey
Group B
Stradbally Parish Gaels
St Joseph’s
Portarlington
The Harps

Laois Shopping Centre U-19 FC ‘B’
Group A
Graiguecullen
Ballylinan
Killeshin-Crettyard
Rosenallis
Na Fianna Og
Group B
Park-Ratheniska/Spink
O’Dempsey’s
Clonaslee
Camross
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on March 09, 2018, 11:33:47 AM
Draw was messed up and done twice I heard!!


Ballyfin will be on thin ice this year up senior hurling and missing James Finn and they got worst draw possible it could be a cricket score!

Clonaslee and Killeshin will be happy with the draw giving them both a first chance of staying up.

Cretty will like a lash at the neighbours Ballylinan and will be rubbing the hands for that one!

Stradbally and Killcruise will be happy as well !

Tough draw for the Heath

Port and Ballyroan could be a cracker.

Emo will have it all to do against Kileen

O'Dempseys and Graigue is two teams meeting early I fancy that could have a big say in the Championship.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Uisce on March 09, 2018, 11:52:42 AM
Ballyfin probably would have preferred the first draw where they got Kilcruise  ;D

I see they left out Graiguecullen and Killeshin in the first draw. Counting to 16 is hard in fairness. The sooner they reduce the number of senior clubs the better, make the maths easier for the county board.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on March 09, 2018, 11:57:21 AM
Ballyfin probably would have preferred the first draw where they got Kilcruise  ;D

I see they left out Graiguecullen and Killeshin in the first draw. Counting to 16 is hard in fairness. The sooner they reduce the number of senior clubs the better, make the maths easier for the county board.
Maybe this was their way of macgyvering two teams out of the SFC? It woulda worked too if it hadn't been for you pesky kids.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 10, 2018, 01:17:39 AM
       Times and Dates for the 2018 Senior Football Championship


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 10, 2018, 09:59:39 AM
They will be all even games apart from the Ballyfin v Portlaoise game which result in probably one of the biggest beatings ever in championship football.

I fancy Stradbally Ballylinan Joes Clonaslee Kileen O Dempseys and Port to win the other games.

Killeshin and Ballyfin will struggle this year with Ballyfin to go down.

Portlaoise to win who with 9 lads after being involved at some point of another will cruise to another title probably getting their best game off O Dempseys or Joes!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: les Antiques on July 10, 2018, 01:53:46 PM
I think O'Dempseys as a previous poster said giving the Town a game . Not sure about Joes , potential banana skin first day out against the Heath. Lot of other teams on an even scale .
Ballyfin will on a Damage limitation mission while Kileshin without Attride will find it tough going .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on July 10, 2018, 04:36:35 PM
Saw Clonaslee in the Division 2 semi final against Courtwood last weekend and couldn't imagine they'll beat Killeshin. Have they got Annanough lads with them for championship?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 10, 2018, 04:44:55 PM
Saw Clonaslee in the Division 2 semi final against Courtwood last weekend and couldn't imagine they'll beat Killeshin. Have they got Annanough lads with them for championship?
How many walkovers did Clonslee get in that Division?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on July 11, 2018, 12:39:35 AM
Can’t see anyone getting near Portlaoise . Maybe port or Joseph’s on their day
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Heshs Umpire on July 11, 2018, 02:21:10 PM
Saw Clonaslee in the Division 2 semi final against Courtwood last weekend and couldn't imagine they'll beat Killeshin. Have they got Annanough lads with them for championship?
How many walkovers did Clonslee get in that Division?
3 I believe.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 11, 2018, 02:34:29 PM
Saw Clonaslee in the Division 2 semi final against Courtwood last weekend and couldn't imagine they'll beat Killeshin. Have they got Annanough lads with them for championship?
How many walkovers did Clonslee get in that Division?
3 I believe.
Thats incredible. 6 out of their 14 points handed to them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on July 11, 2018, 03:48:12 PM
They will be all even games apart from the Ballyfin v Portlaoise game which result in probably one of the biggest beatings ever in championship football.
Any chance Ballyfin might concede that game and move straight to Round 2? I hear they might have both Sean Moore and James Finn from Round 2 onwards.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 12, 2018, 04:27:57 PM
They will be all even games apart from the Ballyfin v Portlaoise game which result in probably one of the biggest beatings ever in championship football.
Any chance Ballyfin might concede that game and move straight to Round 2? I hear they might have both Sean Moore and James Finn from Round 2 onwards.

Couldn't see anyone conceding a game in the senior championship but I think they will be missing their 5 best players from last years team in the first round not sure on who they might have back but Finn is in Dubai I think!

Seen them once in the league and they had the look of a junior team not even sure if they got a manager I think one of the players is managing the team!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on July 13, 2018, 08:09:37 PM
Who’s the missing 5?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 17, 2018, 04:31:03 PM
Who’s the missing 5?

Not sure was just told that by one of the former players...I know Rob Tyrell and James Finn ain't there thats two of their best 3 from what I seen from one of their games last year!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 17, 2018, 05:15:08 PM
Who’s the missing 5?

Not sure was just told that by one of the former players...I know Rob Tyrell and James Finn ain't there thats two of their best 3 from what I seen from one of their games last year!
Robert Tyrell didnt even start some of their games last year.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 17, 2018, 05:21:49 PM
Sean Moore is he in America
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 18, 2018, 11:29:20 AM
Sean Moore is he in America
Currently in Bwoston.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 20, 2018, 02:53:56 PM
All-Star team of players knocked out of the championship
https://www.sportsjoe.ie/gaa/all-star-super-8-carlow-rising-laois-armagh-fermanagh-longford-mayo-cavan-168815


Colm Begley talks us through the eye-opening diet of a top GAA player
https://www.sportsjoe.ie/gaa/former-afl-star-colm-begley-walks-us-through-the-diet-of-a-top-gaa-player-45310

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 21, 2018, 02:25:15 PM
ZACH TUOHY KICKS THE MATCH WINNER AFTER THE SIREN!
https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1020640729624870913

http://www.geelongcats.com.au/news/2018-07-22/a-special-moment
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 23, 2018, 03:37:12 PM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on July 24, 2018, 09:44:36 AM
Some interesting games ahead, a few very evenly matched teams in the championship but Portlaoise still ahead of the pack.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 24, 2018, 10:09:42 AM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Will Portlaoise break 50?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on July 24, 2018, 10:23:18 AM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Will Portlaoise break 50?
I think not. It will be a hiding but Ballyfin are always a better championship team than a league team.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 24, 2018, 12:04:44 PM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Will Portlaoise break 50?

Might not be far off it......As a neutral its not a game that will be worth paying in for not a chance Portlaoise would have harder training sessions!



Interesting that both Begley and Tierney Predicted a Joes win over the Heath ...

I think the Heath could surprise a few people here!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 24, 2018, 12:13:45 PM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Will Portlaoise break 50?

Might not be far off it......As a neutral its not a game that will be worth paying in for not a chance Portlaoise would have harder training sessions!



Interesting that both Begley and Tierney Predicted a Joes win over the Heath ...

I think the Heath could surprise a few people here!
I've heard its all a ruse and that Ballyfin have something outrageous ready to spring on the neighbours.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 24, 2018, 12:54:23 PM
Looking forward to the club games now.....all will be interesting apart from the Turkey shoot that will be Ballyfin v Portlaoise
Will Portlaoise break 50?

Might not be far off it......As a neutral its not a game that will be worth paying in for not a chance Portlaoise would have harder training sessions!



Interesting that both Begley and Tierney Predicted a Joes win over the Heath ...

I think the Heath could surprise a few people here!

Wouldn't go too far with that, Tierney would not be a prolific attender of Laois Club Championship matches. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 25, 2018, 11:16:26 AM
First Round Predictions
Stradbally V Kilcruise : Kilcruise
Cretty V Ballylinan : Cretty just because the finalists from previous don't seem to go well
Portlaoise V Ballyfin : Portlaoise
Josephs V The Heath: Draw
Clonaslee V Killeshin : Killeshin
Emo V Arles Kileen : Emo if Donie is suspended.
O Dempseys V Graiguecullen: Graigue
Portarlington v BallyroanAbbey: BallyroanAbbey but in all honesty it's hard to turn round 25 points on last year.

I am really expecting our Juniors to go well this year.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on July 25, 2018, 01:40:31 PM
I'll go with
Arles
Ballylinan
Portlaoise
Joes
Killeshin
Emo
O'D's
Port
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Heshs Umpire on July 25, 2018, 06:30:29 PM
Strad
Ballylinan
Portlaoise
Joseph's
Killeshin
Emo
O'Dempseys
Draw between Port and B Abbey.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on July 25, 2018, 10:10:52 PM
Exciting start to senior championship by all accounts. Good win for Kilcruise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on July 25, 2018, 10:30:20 PM
Exciting start to senior championship by all accounts. Good win for Kilcruise.
Absolutely cracking game. No sweepers. Just loads of good attacking football. OK, the quality dipped at times but very enjoyable on the whole.
Begley was brilliant. So were Ross and Davy Conway. Meaney battled hard throughout. Colm Kelly kicked some good scores but both teams look shaky at the back.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 26, 2018, 12:12:14 AM
Seems like it was a great game, good start to the championship...

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/07/25/meaneys-late-late-point-sees-kilcruise-down-stradbally-in-championship-thriller/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 27, 2018, 12:13:44 AM
So far standouts have been munnelly david conway meaney
Begley colm kelly
Evan o carroll and gary walsh

All county or ex county
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on July 27, 2018, 12:51:14 AM
Ye the usual suspects have been the stand outs so far. Kilcruise will be delighted with their victory especially after being on the brink of relegation last year. Hasn’t been much between the 4 teams so far.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbbey on July 27, 2018, 09:24:42 AM
thought o carroll was solid if unspectacular last night, felt ciaran farrell had a good game for ballylinan
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: steven seagal on July 27, 2018, 11:22:34 AM
Looking at him last night, I think O'Carroll will have to be moved into either full-forward or centre-forward, he only really seemed to bother when he got the ball in hand and could run forward. They may as well keep him close to goal because he doesn't have the work rate for midfield. If I was a Crettyard man I'd have been disappointed with him last night tbh.

If the Ballinakill lads had played a bit more football this year, Crettyard could have won that game. Cha missed 1-2 or 1-3 there in the second half, Sean Downey looked rusty as well. Maher was quiet for them too whereas he normally directs the play for them. If they re-jig the team, they should be grand.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: FiveStars on July 28, 2018, 11:12:02 PM
Anyone to stop Portlaoise?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on July 28, 2018, 11:30:57 PM
Don’t think anyone will stop them in Laois but I do see a few defensive frailties in the side which may catch up with them come Leinster club championship.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: FiveStars on July 29, 2018, 05:38:25 AM
Everyone expecting them to tank ballyfin but in fairness to Ballyfin they showed some good spells at times. Great to see Healy back from injury. Thought it was a good game been honest and glad it wasn’t the 50 point beating which everyone was expecting.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Tony on July 29, 2018, 12:21:07 PM
Some match between kilcruise and stradbally. Munnelly really turning back the clock - he minds himself so well that he could pass for 30 and there's a bit more in the legs for him. Colm Kelly looked sharp. Two good sides and a cracking game, if a little technically naive in terms of tactics but that's the fun of club. Great to see Chris conway kicking well with Davy. Also good news about healy for portlaoise. He's back just in time to get a club season ahead of his return to Laois Footballers 2019 (hopefully)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 30, 2018, 02:30:13 AM
Sundays Results
Clonaslee Gaels  1-9
Killeshin             2-8

Emo                 1-12
Arles Killeen      1-12

O’Dempsey’s     0-13
Graiguecullen    2-11

Portarlington     1-11
Ballyroan          0-12

--------------------------

Round 2: Winners Section
St Joseph’s v Portarlington
Ballylinan v Killeshin
Arles-Kilcruise v Winners of Emo/Arles-Killeen
Portlaoise v Graiguecullen

Round 2: Qualifiers Section
The Heath v Ballyroan-Abbey
Crettyard Gaels v Ballyfin Gaels
Losers of Emo/Arles-Killeen v O’Dempsey’s
Stradbally v Clonaslee Gaels
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on July 30, 2018, 07:28:45 AM
Stradbally v Clonaslee Gaels will be a bloodbath.

Be good to see the back of a few of these Gaels sides
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on July 31, 2018, 01:14:44 PM
It was a great draw a lot of even contests on both sides....

Arles v arles is possible and Portlaoise might get tested by Graigue but to be honest they looked so good against Ballyfin who at times played decent football themselves in an open encounter!

Emo against Kileen was a poor affair as was Cretty and ballylinan I thought from the games I saw Portlaoise look so far ahaed its not even funny


I was dissapointed with O Dempseys Port and Joes even tho they did enough to get past what was a poor Heath team.

Graigue were okay and I thought Kilcruise were excellent and look in better shape than they have in a few seasons!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: FiveStars on July 31, 2018, 05:00:48 PM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 01, 2018, 11:32:00 AM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?

Not much of a loss hate being critical but god he has had a few shockers since he got "promoted"(i used that tem loosely)to the senior ranks!


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 01, 2018, 11:56:29 AM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?
On holidays or injured. Can't remember which.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 02, 2018, 01:05:00 AM
Was very impressed with Emo this evening but you can’t help but think that Killeen have well and truly ran their race. Looked dead on their feet tonight . But credit where credits due to a good Emo display . Can see frailties in the Emo fullback line that the likes of Portlaoise would make hay with. But after Portlaoise it was the second best display of the championship so far
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 02, 2018, 08:24:36 AM
Would not write Arles off just yet.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 02, 2018, 09:29:26 AM
Port v st Joes should be a cracker as well!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 02, 2018, 02:34:01 PM
Emo were very good last night alright. The new chap from Leitrim was a big addition.  He took his goal well. Them and Arles should be a good game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The Monument Road on August 02, 2018, 06:45:50 PM
Would not write Arles off just yet.
how can you. ARLES are playing Emo next..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 02, 2018, 09:33:40 PM
Is the new lad not from Longford ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 03, 2018, 01:44:19 AM
Would not write Arles off just yet.
how can you. ARLES are playing Emo next..

Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 1 Replay

                       Emo:   1-20
     Arles Killeen:   3-6
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on August 03, 2018, 09:39:44 AM
Is the new lad not from Longford ?
All the one aren't they? ;)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 03, 2018, 11:08:45 AM
Would not write Arles off just yet.
how can you. ARLES are playing Emo next..

Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 1 Replay

                       Emo:   1-20
     Arles Killeen:   3-6


I think that's Killeen!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 03, 2018, 09:22:24 PM
Club Rankings

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/08/03/updated-club-football-rankings-after-the-first-weekend-of-action/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 04, 2018, 09:13:15 PM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?

Not much of a loss hate being critical but god he has had a few shockers since he got "promoted"(i used that tem loosely)to the senior ranks!

Would you ever take up the whistle yourself there and throw your shoulder to the wheel?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 07, 2018, 03:02:07 PM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?

Not much of a loss hate being critical but god he has had a few shockers since he got "promoted"(i used that tem loosely)to the senior ranks!

Would you ever take up the whistle yourself there and throw your shoulder to the wheel?

Nice fellow and not the worst referee its a tough Job I did a bit if it myself.

But like myself he is not up to senior level.


I think the fact he got thrown in at the deep end didn't help his development for sure.

His first match ended in a farce a few years back was it Joes and Mountmellick when there was a massive melee in it after he lost total control!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 07, 2018, 03:08:50 PM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?

Not much of a loss hate being critical but god he has had a few shockers since he got "promoted"(i used that tem loosely)to the senior ranks!

Would you ever take up the whistle yourself there and throw your shoulder to the wheel?

Nice fellow and not the worst referee its a tough Job I did a bit if it myself.

But like myself he is not up to senior level.


I think the fact he got thrown in at the deep end didn't help his development for sure.

His first match ended in a farce a few years back was it Joes and Mountmellick when there was a massive melee in it after he lost total control!

There's plenty of referees in Laois who have lost control of a massive melee. We're quite adept at the ol massive melees.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: FiveStars on August 07, 2018, 03:48:59 PM
Nobody coming through and breaking into th senior group is the problem
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 07, 2018, 04:37:02 PM
no sign of Mr Mulhare refereeing last weekend! has he finished?

Not much of a loss hate being critical but god he has had a few shockers since he got "promoted"(i used that tem loosely)to the senior ranks!

Would you ever take up the whistle yourself there and throw your shoulder to the wheel?

Nice fellow and not the worst referee its a tough Job I did a bit if it myself.

But like myself he is not up to senior level.


I think the fact he got thrown in at the deep end didn't help his development for sure.

His first match ended in a farce a few years back was it Joes and Mountmellick when there was a massive melee in it after he lost total control!

There's plenty of referees in Laois who have lost control of a massive melee. We're quite adept at the ol massive melees.



Hard to disagree!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 07, 2018, 08:59:05 PM
I’ve been watching Pat Moran for nearly 50 or more years now, I don’t think I ever saw him refereeing as many games as he has in recent years. Pats a nice man, but Jesus f**king Christ, surely we can find a few lads to retire him at this point in his life? It’s beyond a joke.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 09, 2018, 09:28:52 PM
Crettyard v Ballyfin tonight was poor stuff dont know how Ballyfin managed to loose the game they kicked so many wides and lost so much possesion far the better balanced and fitter team but bit of cuteness and the outstanding evan o carroll got them over the line.

Evan  was excellent but was helped by getting a free sometimes before he got the ball .

Tomas moore has potential to be a good ref but he made some strange decisions in the final few minutes of the game .

Firstly left a crettyard advantage go way to long when they got a shot away but still brought it back .

Then he dissallowed a goal for cretty for the same thing which angered the encroaching cretty sideline in front of me it was understandable frustration.

I think he was a little shaken by this and blew up in the strangest way as ballyfin tried to get a goal at the end .

The two mins injury time was widely laughed at in the stand as there should been a lot more .

It ended strange as a ball kicked in was partly cleared
and a ballyfin man picked it up all alone about 12 yards out as he was about to shoot final whistle was blown  even cretty subs in front of me were surprised.

Ballyfin will struggle to  stay up now for certain cant see cretty goinv much further carrying so many older players but with cormac murphy and evan they always have a chance.

Cha should stick to the hurling 6 fouls in the first half and must have lost possesion as much as he got it.

No stand outs really for Ballyfin with Finn quiet .

The young Moore lad is away in america and Laois hurler ben conroy was quiet number 4 was quiet impressive but not sure of his name.

The jerseys were hard to make out sure one team could have changed .


All in all a poor game which just emphasises why there is too many senior teams in laois.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: FiveStars on August 09, 2018, 11:03:22 PM
Ballyfin has few chances and will regret not winning it only for Carroll and Murphy with crettyard.
On the referee strange decision at the end, ballyfin weren’t happy. Imagine goal wasn’t given for crettyard because of the black card he gave and whistle must have been already blown. Anyways, no harm to see a fresh face as an official. Referee wasn’t the losing of it anyways
Going to be hard for Ballyfin now. Seems Finn is now going back abroad. Can’t see Crettyard going any further but it’s prob job done for them now.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 10, 2018, 08:43:47 AM
Tough night for Ballyfin. Shocking hard to balance both codes and I've huge respect for them for trying to do so. Sean moore probably alone would have swung that game for them.

Fair play to Crettyard - Evan is a class act and they have been senior now for 14 years without ever really looking like winning it. They are a limited but hard working bunch of lads. Without the four Spink lads they would be so poor and with the rumours that the "Gaels" arrangements are being closely looked at this winter, I'd fear for them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 10, 2018, 08:54:03 AM
Tough night for Ballyfin. Shocking hard to balance both codes and I've huge respect for them for trying to do so. Sean moore probably alone would have swung that game for them.

Fair play to Crettyard - Evan is a class act and they have been senior now for 14 years without ever really looking like winning it. They are a limited but hard working bunch of lads. Without the four Spink lads they would be so poor and with the rumours that the "Gaels" arrangements are being closely looked at this winter, I'd fear for them.
Nothing against them, a fine Club who work hard to keep themselves in Senior, but one of about 6-8 who could easily drop to a Senior "A" and be the better off for it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 10, 2018, 03:47:59 PM
Tough night for Ballyfin. Shocking hard to balance both codes and I've huge respect for them for trying to do so. Sean moore probably alone would have swung that game for them.

Fair play to Crettyard - Evan is a class act and they have been senior now for 14 years without ever really looking like winning it. They are a limited but hard working bunch of lads. Without the four Spink lads they would be so poor and with the rumours that the "Gaels" arrangements are being closely looked at this winter, I'd fear for them.
Nothing against them, a fine Club who work hard to keep themselves in Senior, but one of about 6-8 who could easily drop to a Senior "A" and be the better off for it.

Yes totally agree maybe teams like
Clonaslee
Ballyfin
Ballyroan
Crettyard
Killeshin



Would be better off in a senior A competition would there be much difference between these teams and a Courtwood Rosenallis Mountmellick Timahoe or Portlaoise second string (esp if they lost the gaels tags) I think not
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 10, 2018, 08:29:53 PM
Portlaoise leading 1.11 to 0.04 at half time. Playing some great football but Graiguecullen were with them all the way for 20 min's. An injury to their centre back and a ref that's giving every 50/50 challenge to portlaoise changed the whole thing around and it seems over as a contest at this stage, half time..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 10, 2018, 11:36:21 PM
This will be 1 of portlaoises easiet county titles there 2nd string wohld probably go very close
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 11, 2018, 12:41:57 AM
Our pace and cuteness is gonna be too much for any of the Laois clubs to handle alright . Feel we may be exposed when we get to Leinster though.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on August 11, 2018, 09:07:15 AM
Graigue were poor. There was no real pattern to their play. They got bottled up a lot and movement wasn't happening. On the other hand, Portlaoise were supporting and moving for each other all the time. Healy and Saunders make a big difference and with Flanagan back it would allow Lillis to go back to midfield. There's a more balanced look about them this year but they need to be more ruthless
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 12, 2018, 01:49:55 PM
Jesus if no team is fit to relegate this Clonaslee side they should f**k off down to junior with themselves.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on August 12, 2018, 06:53:01 PM
Jesus if no team is fit to relegate this Clonaslee side they should f**k off down to junior with themselves.
Survival is their speciality. They are experts at it.
What Annanough are getting out of this arrangement is beyond me. Baffling.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 13, 2018, 01:40:39 AM
The draw for Round 3 and the relegation semi-finals were made following the second double header in O’Moore Park.
Repeat pairings in Round 3 were not permitted.

The draw is as follows:
Arles-Kilcruise v Ballyroan-Abbey
Ballylinan v O’Dempsey’s
Graiguecullen v Crettyard Gaels
Portarlington v Stradbally



Relegation semi-finals:
The Heath v Ballyfin Gaels
Clonaslee Gaels v Arles-Killeen

The relegation games and Round 3 will take place on the weekend of August 23-26. The quarter-finals and relegation final will be on the weekend of September 13-16.

Thanks to Laois Today for this information.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 13, 2018, 11:23:38 AM
Killeshin seem to have a very young mobile team don’t they ? Seems to be some potential there as a team
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on August 15, 2018, 10:19:05 AM
Joseph's seem to be down a few players - Jason and Kevin Campion, James Doyle, Danny and Paddy Hickey.
Anyone know if any of them will be back for the later rounds? Could they trouble Portlaoise?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 15, 2018, 10:49:37 AM
Maybe to a point they could trouble Portlaoise . I think out of all the teams at the moment Joseph’s  are the closest to Portlaoise. Young Josh Lacey will be a good addition to the side next year when he’s of age to play . But still I can’t see Portlaoise being beaten this year anyway .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on August 15, 2018, 10:54:30 AM
Portlaoise are miles ahead in my opinion and they need to show that. They were playing with Graigue the last day out and could have beaten them by what they wanted. They need to go foot to the floor for the whole game because Laois is no preparation for Leinster
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 15, 2018, 11:05:28 AM
Portlaoises aim this year is a Leinster title and so it should be . With a team of Brody , Saunders/Cotter, Healy/Flanagan , Seale, Holland , Dillon , Chris Finn, Lillis, Ciaran McEvoy/ Adrian Kelly,Benny Carroll/ Rogers, Boyle , Glynn/Smyth , Cahillane , Bruno, Lawless / Ricky Maher plus a decent second team behind them behind it’s easy to see why .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 22, 2018, 05:46:14 PM
I think we win tonight easy enough that’s no slur on Kilcruise just think we are going well
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on August 22, 2018, 09:11:13 PM
Ends all square
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 22, 2018, 10:40:11 PM
Where did Ye pull Shaun Murphy from Ballyroan Abu?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 22, 2018, 11:27:00 PM
His been here all the time started midfield against Arles Kileen two years ago, in fairness his only young and has got into the gym the last two years.  His dad John played midfield for us in 1992.


Kilcruise  may be many things but you can't buy the aggression and passion them boys have over the years wish more teams in Laois had it.  No fear of anyone or anything.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on August 22, 2018, 11:33:56 PM
True. Nothing easy against Kilcruise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 23, 2018, 11:13:44 AM
Is it true that next year is the year where the start of the underage prospects off the conveyer belt arrive Ballyroanabu ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on August 23, 2018, 11:23:49 AM
An interesting game last night.

Draw probably just about right but I think Ballyroan Abbey will be a little disappointed that they didn't close it out. They possibly have a bit more scope for improvement. Tierney and Whelan can surely do better. Scott Conroy was great.

What can you say about Arles Kilcruise? They never cease to amaze me. A kick of a ball from being relegated last year and here they are battling away with a very small panel. You'd fear for them when Ross finally hangs up the boots though! Some operator. Fran Egan had one of his best games for them too.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 23, 2018, 12:47:19 PM
Is it true that next year is the year where the start of the underage prospects off the conveyer belt arrive Ballyroanabu ?

We are certainly getting more players coming through, I would think it's already happening we are probably seeing it more at junior level than anywhere else.  I know loads of teams  are down players but we are down Conor Brennan, Liam Delaney (injured) at the moment.  With Adam Brennan, Eoghan Whelan and Ciaran Carroll not been able to commit this year.  If this was 5 or 6 years ago we would simply not have been able to cope with that.  Very much like the Laois Seniors, being competitive will keep young lads playing and that's what everyone wants.  If we are any good a game like last night will bring us on and harden us up. I am looking forward to next weeks game already.  Ross was super, Davy going off had to hurt them a fair bit so I am sure they will improve.  I like Lar Wall he just makes his team as tough as nails, because his old style his prob underrated.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 23, 2018, 01:50:27 PM
Ye I’d agree Ballyroanabu. Aaron Carroll seems to have filled out well too . I’d be really looking foward to seeing how Ballyroan progress over the next 3-5 years .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The Monument Road on August 23, 2018, 02:18:17 PM
Some great young footballers on that Ballroan  Abbey team. That young Scully chap(No 7) has some engine but was hindered and targeted last night by some very dark tactics. He didnt get the protection he deserved
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 23, 2018, 02:38:01 PM
Some great young footballers on that Ballroan  Abbey team. That young Scully chap(No 7) has some engine but was hindered and targeted last night by some very dark tactics. He didnt get the protection he deserved
Is he the same Martin Scilly who was a Laois under 21 around 4 years ago? Had a few runs with the seniors too?
He was a forward back then if it's the same guy.
I don't know about protection. He's a brave lad who went into a few tough tackles. He certainly got a couple of late clatters too but I think yellows were as much as was deserved? Maybe I'm wrong!!
One thing that struck me in the stand was that supporters of neither team seem to like their official name. It was all Come on Arles and Come on Ballyroan. Abbey and Kilcruise very redundant😁
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on August 25, 2018, 09:08:21 PM
Looks like Stradbally have sorted out their  problems  and are firmly  back on the horse.  Probably the only team in Laois who won't show too much respect to Portlaoise. Any opinions  on who else can raise a challenge this year
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 25, 2018, 11:06:50 PM
Jody Dillon is the only one that can stop portlaoise as was proven two years ago and again tonight
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 26, 2018, 01:07:44 AM
Port were by far the better team in the first half and if Strad had been playing Portlaoise they would have been out of it at half time playing like that. A lot of the Strad lads look a bit overweight but they staged a great comeback and deserved the win.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 27, 2018, 10:26:43 AM
Heath got over the line but were full value ...evan Keane was outstanding .

John Flynn was excellent in the middle!

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on August 27, 2018, 04:03:38 PM
Looks like an another have almost  pulled from the clonaslee  setup......  Only two or three played against Killen.  No Stapleton or Millers.  Concentration  all on junior  now.  Ballyfin will probably have just enough to stay up
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on August 27, 2018, 04:04:43 PM
Annanough that should  read
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 27, 2018, 06:04:34 PM
Looks like an another have almost  pulled from the clonaslee  setup......  Only two or three played against Killen.  No Stapleton or Millers.  Concentration  all on junior  now.  Ballyfin will probably have just enough to stay up
Can't say I'm surprised.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 27, 2018, 07:09:31 PM
They are too far apart for this to be a long term amalgamation . Maybe Annanough should look to Timahoe or Park Ratheniska or the Heath ? Would Clonaslee look to Kilcavan ? Or Ballyfin ? I assume Rosenallis isn’t an option due to rivalry up there .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Helix on August 27, 2018, 07:33:43 PM


John Flynn was excellent in the middle!

Love the sarcasm.  ::)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 28, 2018, 10:32:33 AM


John Flynn was excellent in the middle!

Love the sarcasm.  ::)

Not meant to be any ! ;)

Did you think he was poor?I didn't !
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on August 28, 2018, 10:55:03 AM
They are too far apart for this to be a long term amalgamation . Maybe Annanough should look to Timahoe or Park Ratheniska or the Heath ? Would Clonaslee look to Kilcavan ? Or Ballyfin ? I assume Rosenallis isn’t an option due to rivalry up there .
Annanough, Timahoe and Park Ratheniska would have the makings of a fine senior set up. All could retain their own junior and intermediate teams and go together in the senior.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 28, 2018, 11:57:44 AM
They are too far apart for this to be a long term amalgamation . Maybe Annanough should look to Timahoe or Park Ratheniska or the Heath ? Would Clonaslee look to Kilcavan ? Or Ballyfin ? I assume Rosenallis isn’t an option due to rivalry up there .
Annanough, Timahoe and Park Ratheniska would have the makings of a fine senior set up. All could retain their own junior and intermediate teams and go together in the senior.

Any Annanough lads who wanted to hurl could go play hurling with the Carlow lads as well ...New Jerseys would be the order of the day ...

Carlow Tops maybe blue shorts and socks  :P
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on August 29, 2018, 10:32:54 AM
Another very close battle between Kilcruise and Ballyroan last night. 2 injury time points to win it for Ballyroan. Kilcruise kicked plenty of wides in the first half.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on August 29, 2018, 10:44:41 AM
Another very close battle between Kilcruise and Ballyroan last night. 2 injury time points to win it for Ballyroan. Kilcruise kicked plenty of wides in the first half.

Great game ...God Chris conway rolled back the years for a fifteen minute spell some going at 40
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 29, 2018, 11:15:44 AM
Still not a patch on Mickey Lawlors antics against Portlaoise in the county final 3 years ago 😂😂
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 29, 2018, 11:22:55 AM
5 games this year 1 point is the total score difference.  Kilcruise really put in the work this year I thought we had their number after the League Final.  How wrong I was,  great games may not be top top quality but the tension and passion were absorbing.  Hopefully our lads kick on abit from here.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 30, 2018, 01:21:19 AM
Quarter Final Draws

St Joseph’s v Stradbally
Killeshin v Graiguecullen
Emo v O’Dempsey’s
Portlaoise v Ballyroan-Abbey


Those games will take place on the weekend of September 14-16. The relegation final between Clonaslee Gaels and Ballyfin Gaels will also take place on the weekend of the quarter-finals.
The semi-finals are fixed for two weeks later on Sunday, September 30, with the final on Sunday, October 14.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on August 30, 2018, 08:01:20 AM
That's a very tasty senior draw. Three great derby games there. Emo and O'Dempseys is one that seems to not have happened for a long time and will draw a huge crowd.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on August 30, 2018, 11:07:04 AM
Another exciting game between O'Dempseys and Ballylinan. The standard might not be top of the pile but there's plenty of entertaining games in this years championship!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on August 30, 2018, 11:11:21 AM
Another exciting game between O'Dempseys and Ballylinan. The standard might not be top of the pile but there's plenty of entertaining games in this years championship!
Not unlike Leinster Football with financially doped Dublin, the Laois SFC is a decent little competition when you take the population doped Portlaoise out of it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 30, 2018, 12:15:53 PM
I would say four derby games, gonna be tough for us but somebody has to play them.   
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: blueandwhite1 on August 30, 2018, 05:42:38 PM
Another exciting game between O'Dempseys and Ballylinan. The standard might not be top of the pile but there's plenty of entertaining games in this years championship!
Not unlike Leinster Football with financially doped Dublin, the Laois SFC is a decent little competition when you take the population doped Portlaoise out of it.

Yes - but what would the standard be like?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on September 14, 2018, 02:24:45 PM
I'll go with Graigue, Joseph's, Portlaoise and O'Dempseys over the weekend.
Emo probably best placed to overturn those predictions. Local derby which could be a cracker.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 14, 2018, 06:20:01 PM
I think the local derby tonight between Graiguecullen and Killeshin could be a cracker, two proud clubs from the same parish who will fight tooth and nail for a victory here.
Graiguecullen have always been able to scrape a victory over their neighbours but Killeshin have improved a lot this year and have some great young players coming along.
Graiguecullen are weak enough at midfield and need the forwards to do more, maybe the return of Ambrose Doran might get them over the line but it should be a close, hard battle...
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 15, 2018, 12:32:27 AM
Great game in O'Moore Park tonight, it had everything you could ask from a championship match. Killeshin have some great talent coming through and probably shaded the game but they were just not able to hold out a great fightback by Graiguecullen when everything looked lost for them.

Jamie Parr was brilliant throughout with his freetaking but it was in those last few minutes that he came up with two unbelievable points from play from outside the 50 meter mark. Those two brilliant scores kept Graiguecullen in it and another long range attempt from him fell short and Graiguecullen worked a goal from it.

Mark Timmons showed his class there tonight when leadership was needed and time after time he broke up dangerous Killeshin attacks near the end when they could have won it. Danny Bolger in the goals pulled off a great penalty save and scored a few long range frees. He showed great calmness when he stroked over a 45 Meter free with the last kick of the game to draw the match and give Graiguecullen another day out.  Brian Byrne did very well while being closely marked by Stephen Attride and scored 3 points from play, no mean feat off a man with the class of Stephen...

I could say so much more about Killeshin, they were great on the night and will be a team to watch in the coming years and could very well win the replay and get to a semi-final this year.
I'm way too tired now to write anymore but you can read the report on the game here: https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/09/14/neighbours-killeshin-and-graiguecullen-may-battle-again-after-dramatic-draw/
 (https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/09/14/neighbours-killeshin-and-graiguecullen-may-battle-again-after-dramatic-draw/)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 15, 2018, 07:27:08 AM
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Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on September 16, 2018, 09:11:42 AM
Poor enough in Portlaoise last night.
Emo very disappointing particulary their forwards. O'Dempseys always slightly the better team. Barry Kelly played well again.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 16, 2018, 09:31:31 AM
Can't see ODempseys troubling any of the stronger teams based on last night's performance Emo were limited but gave them plenty of problems. O D goal came from a speculative ball in from emo which would have brought it back to 1 point. Hit the post or dropped short (can't remember) and od's went the length and scored a great goal.
Both sides defences good but only Hatch Finlay and Mark Barry showed anything in forwards.  Overall a poor enough game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 16, 2018, 06:28:42 PM
Based on today's performance, there is no team in Laois good enough to halt Portlaoise. The question for them, is how far can they go in Leinster. Gareth Dilon was very impressive today. He seems to be getting better as he gets older. Very disappointed in Ballyroan.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 16, 2018, 07:35:29 PM
Portlaoise won’t be stopped in Laois no point saying anything else . I’d like to see them really go at Leinster this year . Still 3 or 4 faces  to return to the team aswell that weren’t on show today. The big question is whether they are so strong or the rest of the teams are so poor?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 16, 2018, 07:40:58 PM
In fairness, Portlaoise are good. However, there are doubts that Glynn and Cahalane wll be available for a tilt at Leinster.

I thought Scully looked good for Ballyroan. He seems to be able to carry the ball well and possesses a fair bit of strength. He also seems to be tough in the tackle. ;)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on September 16, 2018, 09:29:43 PM
Clonaslee gone ...that will surely be the end of that madness with annanough

4 points flattered clonaslee ballyfin should won it by more always in control


Strabally slightly unlucky against joes greg ramsbottom had great chance to sneak it ..

I said portlaoise would win every game by at least ten points ...so far ive been right
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 16, 2018, 10:32:24 PM
I suspect that Clonaslee Annanough thing is up in a dung heap now ? Never was gonna be a success. You’d be worried about the future of football in Clonaslee , dosent seem to be any real structure in place up there .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 17, 2018, 12:18:32 AM
Replay Fixture: 19/09/2018

Killeshin v Graiguecullen
O Moore Park  @19:45
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on September 17, 2018, 09:03:53 AM
Portlaoise destroyed Ballyroan yesterday with their off the ball running and angles. It was a pleasure to watch. The end result could have been anything they wanted it to be. The second game was poor. Stradbally were kept going by Begley, Buggie and Dillon who carried what looked like a very unfit team. Josephs moved the ball just that little bit easier and scores came quicker as a result. In my opinion, they are a poor side though.

I think a feature of the weekend matches was the difference being involved with the county makes. Those involved with the county looked sharper and more capable of influencing games. It wasn't always as obvious before Sugrue came along. You would hope that lads buy in to the proposed area games and put their hand up for future selection onto the panel. I think we have a coach now who can improve players individually and this can only be of benefit to their clubs
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 17, 2018, 11:40:41 AM
Are there players who have not been involved with Laois catching they eye, though? What about Saubders of Portlaoise, Scully of Ballyroan, Daly of St Joseph's and Dillon of Stradbally? Any others?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 17, 2018, 12:16:37 PM
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/09/17/details-announced-for-new-divisional-football-championship-in-laois/

This is very interesting and innovative. I hope it attracts the interest of the players. It is interesting that the public are invited to come along and view the matches. Hopefully the process will throw up some good talent.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on September 17, 2018, 12:23:39 PM
Thought Joseph's made hard work of a very poor Strad team who played half the game with 14 after Kavanagh's stupid red.
Take Begley out and they'd be a fair bad team. Young Deegan?
midfielder might have something about him.
Town look unstoppable.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 17, 2018, 12:26:30 PM
I thought Deegan looked decent too. Hopefully, the likes of Deegan will benefit from Sugrue's idea.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 17, 2018, 01:27:08 PM
Can anyone stop Portlaoise ???? ........ Nope!!!
Joe's are strong defensively but just don't offer enough going forward to outscore them O Dempseys looked poor enough against Emo and Portlaoise are a long way better than Emo. Killeshin will be the next team to challenge Portlaoise but not this year. Give them two or three years and they'll mature nicely. Graigue are Graigue sometimes sublime other times not. So depressingly enough I think Portlaoise will cruise this. Hopefully one of those teams will ram my words back down my throat
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 17, 2018, 03:36:08 PM
Portlaoise were awesome their power and pace blew us away.  I don't know if many of you rate BallyroanAbbey but we did put it a fair effort this year that can be built on.  However yesterday we found out where the standard is and it's high!  Portlaoise are an extremely athletic and well conditioned team, I would actually say their football lets them down abit.  But make no bones about it they are getting stronger their juvenile setup is irrelevant all they need is one or two chaps buying into their culture (which they have created) every year and this will be relentless.  Our only option is to try get to that level of fitness, personally my thoughts are that for anyone playing with Portlaoise it is a life choice as the required training levels are huge.  The only thing that surprises me is that they don't have more with the county. 

Your talking 4 or 5 nights a week training be it individual or collective.


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 18, 2018, 01:40:44 AM
Had a close look at Portlaoise on Sunday and I noticed when a portlaoise foward  has the ball all the other fowards are constantly moving and creating space and passing options for each other . Always seems to be a man or two or three on the shoulder every time too even when running through in the final third for a score . Must be very hard to defend against . I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the championship they hit a team for 5or 6 goals and could of had that many in the first half alone yesterday
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 18, 2018, 11:30:56 AM
I actually thought Ballylinan were the best of the rest this year. Their training was very very good and they have a good panel, but Portlaoise are in a different place completely. Losing the 10  in a row seems to have stung them to greater effort. They blew ballyroan away on Sunday and I suspect weren't even at full tilt. Ballyroan will recover and with all the younger players coming on stream I'd fancy them to be challenging in the next few years as will Killeshin. What disappoints me a bit is that the other towns can't get it right and challenge Portlaoise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 18, 2018, 12:52:06 PM
Ballylinan were the best of the rest?? What u smoking pal?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 18, 2018, 02:29:52 PM
Whatever it was it wasn't that strong ...... 😀That was a typo...... Should have read Ballyroan
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on September 19, 2018, 05:45:15 PM
Thought Joseph's looked like a team who could possibly give Portlaoise some sort of a test in a semi final or final.

Some fine players and I also think some of them were a bit below par on Sunday and could improve. I still don't like the way they acquired young Daly. It will always be thrown back at them if they ever go on and win it.

Adam Campion looked a great corner back. He blotted out Colm Kelly completely.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 19, 2018, 06:37:17 PM
What is everyone’s predictions for the Graigue Killeshin replay tonight folks?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 19, 2018, 06:50:47 PM
I think this weather will suit Graiguecullen more than that a slicker Killeshin team who would prefer a faster game on a dry pitch. Graiguecullen will have to play for the full hour to win this. No point in depending on a good finish again..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: redsetanta on September 19, 2018, 08:24:51 PM
A thriller in O’Moore Pk by the sound of things
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 20, 2018, 12:39:06 AM
Yes, another thriller with Graiguecullen coming out on top this time. This is the kind of football everyone wants to see, good honest attacking football played at a cracking pace and some great scores into the bargan.
Good referring on both occasions helped to make these games some of the most exciting seen in O'Moore Park for quite some time. They attracted big crowds to both games and must have given the county selectors plenty to work on.

Report here:  https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/09/19/graiguecullen-strike-late-to-see-off-neighbours-and-reach-semi-finals/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Faugheen on September 20, 2018, 11:29:47 PM
Thought Flynn made some strange decisions on both sides, especially in the 2nd half.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 21, 2018, 02:02:23 AM
Thought Flynn made some strange decisions on both sides, especially in the 2nd half.
I agree, he did but overall he handled it well. He's the first ref i've seen this year to give young Aaron Forbes fair play.
I've seen more fouls committed on that man go unpunished just because of his size which is totally unfair, a foul is a foul regardless of a mans size.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 26, 2018, 02:41:40 PM
Laois SFC Semi-Finals @ O'Moore Park
Sunday 30th September 2018



14:00
Portlaoise v St Joseph's
Ref: John Flynn

15:30
O'Dempseys v Graiguecullen
Ref: Joe Brennan
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on September 26, 2018, 05:47:35 PM
Laois SFC Semi-Finals @ O'Moore Park
Sunday 30th September 2018



14:00
Portlaoise v St Joseph's
Ref: John Flynn

15:30
O'Dempseys v Graiguecullen
Ref: Joe Brennan
Fancy O'Dempseys to edge Graigue. Portlaoise by around 7 points in the other one.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on September 28, 2018, 12:09:09 PM
Portlaoise v Graiguecullen final is my guess.
O'Dempseys were poor v Emo. But there won't be much in it. The two Finley lads are deadly forwards. Think Graigue would be a step up on Emo. But they do blow hot and cold and if they hit an off day, the Killenard lads have a chance.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 30, 2018, 12:36:26 PM
Has to be Portlaoise I'd say but anyone expecting a coronation could be surprised . Joseph's will dig in and make it difficult and the longer they do the more confident they'll be . Having said that I still think Portlaoise have the forwards to get home by three. The other game is hard to call ODs looked poor against Emo and Graiguecullen were good against Killeshin if the Finlay are held then they'll struggle for scores and  in Timmons Graiguecullen have the best defender in the county. Emo didn't test ODs defence but Graiguecullen will run at them and have the finishers to punish them too. Based on scoring power I give it to Graigue on the bit of Extra class
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 30, 2018, 12:59:04 PM
I think we are looking at an absolute hammering Portlaoise will dish out to St Joseph’s,  this is a very decent version of Portlaoise who look surely will run well in the All Ireland Club.  Portlaoise by 10.  I give O Dempsey’s the nod against Graigue.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on September 30, 2018, 03:26:07 PM
Daly may try find an esb bill for some cow shed in Knockmay.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Downtheroad on September 30, 2018, 03:42:45 PM
Daly may try find an esb bill for some cow shed in Knockmay.
Normally I support the underdog but it's hard to have sympathy for Daly and Josephs.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 30, 2018, 04:08:40 PM
God I got that very very wrong didn't I ..... Portlaoise on a Leinster mission maybe and will crush any Laois club in the way. Very hard to feel sorry for Joseph's though they have enough players without raiding smaller clubs.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on September 30, 2018, 08:28:47 PM
Got both predictions badly wrong. Delighted for ODs a good solid rural club but I do fear for them in the final but hopefully they rise to the occasion
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on September 30, 2018, 08:30:06 PM
I think its time the County Board facilitated the setting up of a second club in Portlaoise. Their domination of Laois football reflects Dublin's domination of Leinster. Its killing the game in the less populated areas. Either that or go with a modification of Sugrue's divisional teams, with Portlaoise on their own. That option however, will not alter the fact that hundreds of young lads in Portlaoise have to be giving up the game because they cannot break into teams in the Portlaoise club.

This is a real problem for Laois GAA, I hope the CB do not ignore it.

Having said all of that, I have to say that I have been an admirer of Portlaoise down through the years, and all of the magnificent footballers that they have produced.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Butch Cassidy on September 30, 2018, 08:31:24 PM
Anyone from the Ods putting their hand up for the county set up?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 30, 2018, 10:52:33 PM
Portlaoise seem to be slicing teams apart with way more ease than I’ve ever seen before in Laois . Anyone else think this ? This is the most one sided championship I can remember in Laois .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 30, 2018, 11:09:10 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.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 30, 2018, 11:13:33 PM
Any chance of Bruno being back for the final ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on September 30, 2018, 11:15:37 PM
Josephs never really fancied it in my opinion. They haven't got many quality players these days, but they succumbed easily. Their backs were left horribly exposed to Portlaoise runners. No more than a training game for Portlaoise and I'm sure they won't be reading too deeply into it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbbey on October 01, 2018, 12:48:22 AM
The reality is that Portlaoise are so far ahead of the rest that it could be reasonably argued that if you had a match between laois (minus portlaoise players) and portlaoise it would be at the very least competitive. after portlaoise every other team bar perhaps ballyfin and crettyard could make a final and i include courtwood in that next year too. At the end of the day the pick compared to the rest of the clubs is too big to catch and the wasted potential is too great for 1 club to support regardless of portlaoises best efforts, a second club (possibly a 3rd) in portlaoise who help solve these issues. On top of that the likes of mountmellick and it could be argued stradbally must produce more
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on October 01, 2018, 06:02:51 AM
Zilch sympathy for Joseph's and Brian Daly. Delighted for them.
Well done O'Dempseys. Great weekend for that end of the county. Port minors, Courtwood inters, Annanough juniors all winning too.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 09:03:52 AM
Still a slight possibility of the top three championships held in an area of about 5 miles across. Good work going on in them 3 clubs. I fear for ODs in the final but am delighted for them getting there
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 11:20:21 AM
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.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: welcomehome on October 01, 2018, 12:10:52 PM
I have followed portlaoise for years,they are only getting out of football ,what dey put in to it.They are such a commited bunch of players,the training they put in is unreal.The hunger they have year after year is unreal..and they have to be admired for that...
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Leixlad 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.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 12:13:06 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.

All well and good, but their return over the past 10-15 years is very underwhelming.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 12:17:46 PM
I would never advocate a weakening of Portlaoise but it needs two clubs to make sure that all possible players are playing they have a population of 30k or thereabouts but only one club. I would suggest that even with one team at every level jnrC to senior that's only 80 to 90 players being catered for  that's less than .33% of the population ......even 1%of total population playing would make huge strides towards a new club at the northern end of towns. Allow for half males and say half under 40 years there are still huge numbers available. It's not up to Portlaoise to come back to the others but for other large clubs to step up a bit. Stradbally did so why can't Port Joseph's mountmellick step up too. To say we have too many clubs I'd have to disagree with. People who identify strongly with locality will go that extra bit to tog out for a local  first team but may not for an amalgamations second team. Perhaps the competition structures are wrong as I feel we have too many senior team's and not enough intermediate . Maybe 3 levels of 12 teams split in two groups would work for snr to jnr and similar smaller  groups at lower grades. Attach your placing in championship to your league status without exception eg div 1 senior div 2 intermediate and so on. Leagues would mean something and less clubs would give walkovers if relegation meant a drop in status  matches played on a set day  for a set grade every week or fortnight. We'd have a defined season and club players would be improved by playing meaningful matches instead of practice matches all over the place
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 12:39:48 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.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 12:53:32 PM
I would never advocate a weakening of Portlaoise but it needs two clubs to make sure that all possible players are playing they have a population of 30k or thereabouts but only one club. I would suggest that even with one team at every level jnrC to senior that's only 80 to 90 players being catered for  that's less than .33% of the population ......even 1%of total population playing would make huge strides towards a new club at the northern end of towns. Allow for half males and say half under 40 years there are still huge numbers available. It's not up to Portlaoise to come back to the others but for other large clubs to step up a bit. Stradbally did so why can't Port Joseph's mountmellick step up too. To say we have too many clubs I'd have to disagree with. People who identify strongly with locality will go that extra bit to tog out for a local  first team but may not for an amalgamations second team. Perhaps the competition structures are wrong as I feel we have too many senior team's and not enough intermediate . Maybe 3 levels of 12 teams split in two groups would work for snr to jnr and similar smaller  groups at lower grades. Attach your placing in championship to your league status without exception eg div 1 senior div 2 intermediate and so on. Leagues would mean something and less clubs would give walkovers if relegation meant a drop in status  matches played on a set day  for a set grade every week or fortnight. We'd have a defined season and club players would be improved by playing meaningful matches instead of practice matches all over the place

Shifting deck chairs in my opinion. You can't just "step up" if you don't have the resources. I doubt the clubs you mentioned have "stepped down". They just can't compete with the numbers, and nobody can. You get this stuff every summer from commentators asking for counties like Laois to "step up". It's a load of bollix. How can Laois compete with a county as numerically and financially rich as Dublin? How can clubs in Laois, some of which are playing lads in their 40's, possibly compete with Portlaoise's numbers? Proportionately, numbers will always win as the likelihood of getting good players is greater. Portlaoise should never be split and nor should it be. They have a hard enough time of it at underage and there's a good reason for that
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Leixlad 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)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 01:28:56 PM
Portlaoise should never be split and nor should it be. They have a hard enough time of it at underage and there's a good reason for that
Ah the poor auld divils. Stop, me heart is bleedin for them. Shocking tough they have it. Shocking. Jaysus you'd wonder how they keep going at all at all.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 01:42:46 PM
Portlaoise should never be split and nor should it be. They have a hard enough time of it at underage and there's a good reason for that
Ah the poor auld divils. Stop, me heart is bleedin for them. Shocking tough they have it. Shocking. Jaysus you'd wonder how they keep going at all at all.

Not really the point I was making but sure you tend to have your own spin on things anyway
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
Portlaoise should never be split and nor should it be. They have a hard enough time of it at underage and there's a good reason for that
Ah the poor auld divils. Stop, me heart is bleedin for them. Shocking tough they have it. Shocking. Jaysus you'd wonder how they keep going at all at all.

Not really the point I was making but sure you tend to have your own spin on things anyway
Well if you view your wallet as being too small for your fifty euro notes, then yea, I guess its a problem.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 02:11:43 PM
Again, not the point I was making.....
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 02:17:17 PM
Again, not the point I was making.....
Diamond shoes too tight?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 02:54:24 PM
I would never advocate a weakening of Portlaoise but it needs two clubs to make sure that all possible players are playing they have a population of 30k or thereabouts but only one club. I would suggest that even with one team at every level jnrC to senior that's only 80 to 90 players being catered for  that's less than .33% of the population ......even 1%of total population playing would make huge strides towards a new club at the northern end of towns. Allow for half males and say half under 40 years there are still huge numbers available. It's not up to Portlaoise to come back to the others but for other large clubs to step up a bit. Stradbally did so why can't Port Joseph's mountmellick step up too. To say we have too many clubs I'd have to disagree with. People who identify strongly with locality will go that extra bit to tog out for a local  first team but may not for an amalgamations second team. Perhaps the competition structures are wrong as I feel we have too many senior team's and not enough intermediate . Maybe 3 levels of 12 teams split in two groups would work for snr to jnr and similar smaller  groups at lower grades. Attach your placing in championship to your league status without exception eg div 1 senior div 2 intermediate and so on. Leagues would mean something and less clubs would give walkovers if relegation meant a drop in status  matches played on a set day  for a set grade every week or fortnight. We'd have a defined season and club players would be improved by playing meaningful matches instead of practice matches all over the place

Purely from a hurling viewpoint we have approached and met the county board with a proposal to have 2 national schools in the town plus portlaoise college designated as schools that we will be able to access for future  players


We also have a proposal in that we as a club will be able to access Portlaoise college sporting facilities for the use and benefit of the clonad club.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Batman!!! on October 01, 2018, 06:05:22 PM
I would never advocate a weakening of Portlaoise but it needs two clubs to make sure that all possible players are playing they have a population of 30k or thereabouts but only one club. I would suggest that even with one team at every level jnrC to senior that's only 80 to 90 players being catered for  that's less than .33% of the population ......even 1%of total population playing would make huge strides towards a new club at the northern end of towns. Allow for half males and say half under 40 years there are still huge numbers available. It's not up to Portlaoise to come back to the others but for other large clubs to step up a bit. Stradbally did so why can't Port Joseph's mountmellick step up too. To say we have too many clubs I'd have to disagree with. People who identify strongly with locality will go that extra bit to tog out for a local  first team but may not for an amalgamations second team. Perhaps the competition structures are wrong as I feel we have too many senior team's and not enough intermediate . Maybe 3 levels of 12 teams split in two groups would work for snr to jnr and similar smaller  groups at lower grades. Attach your placing in championship to your league status without exception eg div 1 senior div 2 intermediate and so on. Leagues would mean something and less clubs would give walkovers if relegation meant a drop in status  matches played on a set day  for a set grade every week or fortnight. We'd have a defined season and club players would be improved by playing meaningful matches instead of practice matches all over the place

Purely from a hurling viewpoint we have approached and met the county board with a proposal to have 2 national schools in the town plus portlaoise college designated as schools that we will be able to access for future  players


We also have a proposal in that we as a club will be able to access Portlaoise college sporting facilities for the use and benefit of the clonad club.

What the f**k has Clonad got to do with a senior Football thread
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Butch Cassidy on October 01, 2018, 07:36:45 PM
Will Bruno miss the final? Also is Tuohy home for it?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 08:08:16 PM
What are the advantages of a new club in Portlaoise ? I want someone to answer
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 08:41:02 PM
So because  Portlaoise  have huge  resources  does that mean the rest fold their tents up and leave  it to them.?? I mentioned  Port cos they have a big number  in that town too.  Are you or I gonna tell the two arles  to amalgamate? Perhaps Emo Courtwood O Dempseys and Port should all join up to create  a club half the size of Portlaoise  and maybe  they'll  catch them on the hop the odd time.  I suggested  that the bigger  towns and clubs take their youth development  a bit more seriously  and the results will come in time.  I read on laois today last week  that Courtwood  are the second smallest club population wise  in Laois........  Well through hard work at juvenile  and good management  they're  now senior,  they got three or four very talented  young fellas up and look a really good team. Why shouldn't  Port or Graigue  or even Mountmellick be capable of similar.  It's too easy to say that the resources aren't  there
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 08:47:29 PM
What are the advantages of a new club in Portlaoise ? I want someone to answer
Youngster will get to play gaelic games.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 08:49:25 PM
What are the advantages of a new club in Portlaoise ? I want someone to answer
Youngster will get to play gaelic games.
Are the youngsters interested ? Would there be enough of interest to sustain a new club?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 08:53:01 PM
So because  Portlaoise  have huge  resources  does that mean the rest fold their tents up and leave  it to them.?? I mentioned  Port cos they have a big number  in that town too.  Are you or I gonna tell the two arles  to amalgamate? Perhaps Emo Courtwood O Dempseys and Port should all join up to create  a club half the size of Portlaoise  and maybe  they'll  catch them on the hop the odd time.  I suggested  that the bigger  towns and clubs take their youth development  a bit more seriously  and the results will come in time.  I read on laois today last week  that Courtwood  are the second smallest club population wise  in Laois........  Well through hard work at juvenile  and good management  they're  now senior,  they got three or four very talented  young fellas up and look a really good team. Why shouldn't  Port or Graigue  or even Mountmellick be capable of similar.  It's too easy to say that the resources aren't  there

You'll always get the odd purple patch as a small club or county and the best thing is to enjoy it while it lasts
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 08:55:23 PM
What are the advantages of a new club in Portlaoise ? I want someone to answer
[Probably  not many to the existing club  but if we want to broaden  the county  player  base then I would suggest  that a second club at the northern part of town might gather up players  who will otherwise fall through the cracks.  It's probably easier to get to agragar from O  Moore  place than it is to get out to the current  Portlaoise  pitch so a convenient  one at that end might get a few kids playing)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 09:06:37 PM
Are the youngsters interested ? Would there be enough of interest to sustain a new club?
Well they sure as shit aint getting it at the moment. From speaking to a GDA some youngsters in the schools in Portlaoise dont even know what Gaelic Games are. If you're content with allowing that continue then good luck to you.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 09:14:50 PM
So what would you suggest  cos all you have said is that Portlaoise are too strong with numbers  and the rest can't  compete and commentators  shouldn't be bothered  trying to suggest solutions.  I never  suggested  weakening  the current  Portlaoise  club cos I do admire  them but I suggest that they try to catch the lads that fall through  the cracks
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 09:20:18 PM
Over 1100 boys in portlaoise parish national schools in 2017

8 years

Portlaoise take 30 per year that’s 240 boys

Ratheniska/The Heath/Clonad  pick up another 200

That’s 700 odd boys with no access to gaelic games in the parish of portlaoise

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 09:29:05 PM
Over 1100 boys in portlaoise parish national schools in 2017

8 years

Portlaoise take 30 per year that’s 240 boys

Ratheniska/The Heath/Clonad  pick up another 200

That’s 700 odd boys with no access to gaelic games in the parish of portlaoise
But shur its grand, its up to the other clubs to come up to Portlaoises level. Portlaoise are doing grand boss. Nothing to see here. Young Jimmy and Pavel can f**k off and play rugby, I'm sure they wouldn't have liked GAA anyway.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Heshs Umpire on October 01, 2018, 10:04:13 PM
It's probably easier to get to agragar from O  Moore  place than it is to get out to the current  Portlaoise  pitch so a convenient  one at that end might get a few kids playing
It's a lot easier to get to Rossleighan Park (the soccer grounds) from Fairgreen than to Portlaoise GAA grounds. It's a big problem and needs to be addressed. There's probably hundreds of lads not being at least exposed to gaelic games in parts of the town.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 10:06:25 PM
It's probably easier to get to agragar from O  Moore  place than it is to get out to the current  Portlaoise  pitch so a convenient  one at that end might get a few kids playing
It's a lot easier to get to Rossleighan Park (the soccer grounds) from Fairgreen than to Portlaoise GAA grounds. It's a big problem and needs to be addressed. There's probably hundreds of lads not being at least exposed to gaelic games in parts of the town.
Lets not beat about the bush here, Portlaoise's move saw them abandon huge parts of the town. Of that, there can be no argument.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Ogie on October 01, 2018, 10:20:44 PM
Hello Football Folk,

I’m a hurling man but would  be very interested to hear more detail on the Portlaoise set up & the culture created by Malachy McNulty, how their management team is set up & operates?
Ballyroan Abu referred to it & plenty of more Portlaoise contributors here, just as an overall interest in top class set ups with successfully clubs, very little detail out there,
Obviously he’s a shrewd manager with mature, committed players, has anyone more of the nuts & bolts of the set up??

Would he be in line to replace John Sugrue down the line
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 10:29:16 PM
Over 1100 boys in portlaoise parish national schools in 2017

8 years

Portlaoise take 30 per year that’s 240 boys

Ratheniska/The Heath/Clonad  pick up another 200

That’s 700 odd boys with no access to gaelic games in the parish of portlaoise
But shur its grand, its up to the other clubs to come up to Portlaoises level. Portlaoise are doing grand boss. Nothing to see here. Young Jimmy and Pavel can f**k off and play rugby, I'm sure they wouldn't have liked GAA anyway.

They ain’t turning up in the Rugby club either,Portlaoise RFC is an amalgamation of outside gaa clubs,for example one juvenile squad of 30 players has 1 portlaoise gaa chap playing,there’s multiple lads from shanahoe,camross,Castletown,Ballyfin,annanough on that team
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 10:47:11 PM
At home on their Xbox’s , PlayStations and phones is where a lot of them are at
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 10:47:37 PM
No tradition  of rugby in schools in town so if parents  aren't  from that background  the kids will hardly be brought  to rugby.  However Gaa is in the schools and needs to be pushed  hard to get kids playing for the clubs. Laois gaa is in a better  place now than 12 months ago but we need to have kids down in local clubs kicking ball.  It's not like 40 years ago where kids disappeared  after school  and inevitably  arrived  down the field.  Now parents  have to bring em  down and supervise the session so kids will miss out.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 10:50:59 PM
At home on their Xbox’s , PlayStations and phones is where a lot of them are at

I heard Pavel joined the cricket club and Jimmy went boxing
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 01, 2018, 10:55:44 PM
At home on their Xbox’s , PlayStations and phones is where a lot of them are at

I heard Pavel joined the cricket club and Jimmy went boxing
He did in his f**k, the cricket club moved to f**king Stradbally.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 01, 2018, 10:56:48 PM
Haha. Fair play Don. Crying laughing here
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 11:02:23 PM
No tradition  of rugby in schools in town so if parents  aren't  from that background  the kids will hardly be brought  to rugby.  However Gaa is in the schools and needs to be pushed  hard to get kids playing for the clubs. Laois gaa is in a better  place now than 12 months ago but we need to have kids down in local clubs kicking ball.  It's not like 40 years ago where kids disappeared  after school  and inevitably  arrived  down the field.  Now parents  have to bring em  down and supervise the session so kids will miss out.

So if the GAA is pushed hard in the portlaoise schools where does the 700 odd boys or even a percentage  who ain’t playing with a club in Portlaoise parish go?

What clubs door do they turn up at,looking for a game ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 11:13:44 PM
Just to be clear , it’s not just football we want to introduce the kids to . Surely Hurling is a priority too ? That means any new clubs Formed in Portlaoise would be both football/Hurling codes too?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 11:15:48 PM
I'm talking  all clubs around the county  first and foremost  need to develop  in schools. Secondly I have suggested that a new club be started  at the northern  end of Portlaoise
A town.  With the greatest  of respect to yourself if they're  not travelling  out to the Portlaoise  club grounds then they're  hardly going to go two miles  further to Clonad
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 01, 2018, 11:19:33 PM
Not so sure about the hurling  now........  The one good chap we had,  young Pavel upped sticks  and fecked  out to Stradbally  to play  bloody  cricket
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 11:21:01 PM
Is Pavel Polish by any chance ? Don’t think the GAA would be to appealing to him if that’s the case
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 11:27:44 PM
I'm talking  all clubs around the county  first and foremost  need to develop  in schools. Secondly I have suggested that a new club be started  at the northern  end of Portlaoise
A town.  With the greatest  of respect to yourself if they're  not travelling  out to the Portlaoise  club grounds then they're  hardly going to go two miles  further to Clonad

I wasn’t suggesting that they would

And also is the Juvenile section in Portlaoise not swamped as it is?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 01, 2018, 11:29:16 PM
Is Pavel Polish by any chance ? Don’t think the GAA would be to appealing to him if that’s the case

Well,It appealed to a least 1 laois man of polish extraction

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on October 01, 2018, 11:37:57 PM
Is Pavel Polish by any chance ? Don’t think the GAA would be to appealing to him if that’s the case
Why not? Look at the Kerry minor goalie last year. Look at Graigues corner back yesterday. Look at that Syrian wing back on the Mayo under 21's. Look at the 3 lads from Africa on the Westmeath minors a few years ago.
Don't be assuming Pavel or Mohammed won't hurl or kick a ball. If he was living out in Arles he wouldn't be missed out on.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 11:39:26 PM
Who’s Mohammad ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: the sash on October 01, 2018, 11:54:22 PM
were really not getting enough out of portlaoise as we should be and this is not portlaoise gaa's fault.  its the county board issue, dublin co board have made sure that  football and hurling is easily accessible and encouraged in all parts of their county. i know we don't have the finances they have but it would be on a lot smaller scale here anyway. for example my own club portarlington, we have 1 u13 team , o'dempseys have 2 u13 teams and gracefield have 1 u13 team so thats 4 teams in the one town. now portlaoise as far as i know have 2 u13 teams in a town that has over 3 times the population as ours, so how many footballers are we potentially missing out on at county level because of this. n before people make the argument there's  more distractions in portlaoise like soccer , rugby,   swimming athletics, we have all them to compete with aswell. we need concentrate on the areas with the bigger populations but i might not be liked for saying this but alot of the smaller clubs don't want this as it means the likes of portarlington , graige, mountmellick, ballyroan abbey would become too strong for them to compete and some of our more traditional clubs don't want that because they might not be as successful.




Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 01, 2018, 11:56:43 PM
O’Dempseys is in Killenard not Portarlington
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 02, 2018, 04:14:48 AM
Is Pavel Polish by any chance ? Don’t think the GAA would be to appealing to him if that’s the case
That’s a bit closed minded
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: the sash on October 02, 2018, 08:36:47 AM
O’Dempseys is in Killenard not Portarlington
well why is the open rule that if your from portarlington you can play for o'dempseys and vice versa if it wasn't the same catchment area
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: The PRO on October 02, 2018, 09:28:37 AM
. for example my own club portarlington, we have 1 u13 team , o'dempseys have 2 u13 teams and gracefield have 1 u13 team so thats 4 teams in the one town.
Bit of a stretch there to describe the area those 3 clubs cover as one town. Gracefield stretches out to beyond Cloneygowan and Cushina. O'Dempseys pick right out to the edge of Ballybrittas and sometimes into Emo parish depending on what school a lad goes to. And Killenard itself is hardly underpopulated.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 02, 2018, 10:24:45 AM
Hello Football Folk,

I’m a hurling man but would  be very interested to hear more detail on the Portlaoise set up & the culture created by Malachy McNulty, how their management team is set up & operates?
Ballyroan Abu referred to it & plenty of more Portlaoise contributors here, just as an overall interest in top class set ups with successfully clubs, very little detail out there,
Obviously he’s a shrewd manager with mature, committed players, has anyone more of the nuts & bolts of the set up??

Would he be in line to replace John Sugrue down the line

One player is a shining example of the culture of Portlaoise " Ricky Maher" 3 or 4 years ago an intermediate player all day long.  I would be shocked now if his not one of the first names down.  He has improved out of all recognition.  Moving on, I do think we have serious problems in Laois GAA the lack of GDA's and games promotion is killing us.  There is not enough GDA's we need more, how we finance this is open to debate.  I have said many times the Center of Excellence will destroy us, unless we can find additional funding.  We seem to be budgeting (Exceptionally well may I add) to pay for a Center of Excellence but there is a cost to this in Games Promotion, GDA's, Development Squads etc.   I don't have the answer to this but we need more money or we will have a fine Center of Excellence without the players to grace it. 

If Malachy was not in for consideration when Sugrue steps down I would be highly surprised,  if anyone remembers the rumors when he took over Portlaoise were meant to be on the decline.  I have a feeling they are better than ever and this might be a big year for them.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 02, 2018, 10:31:25 AM
Hello Football Folk,

I’m a hurling man but would  be very interested to hear more detail on the Portlaoise set up & the culture created by Malachy McNulty, how their management team is set up & operates?
Ballyroan Abu referred to it & plenty of more Portlaoise contributors here, just as an overall interest in top class set ups with successfully clubs, very little detail out there,
Obviously he’s a shrewd manager with mature, committed players, has anyone more of the nuts & bolts of the set up??

Would he be in line to replace John Sugrue down the line

One player is a shining example of the culture of Portlaoise " Ricky Maher" 3 or 4 years ago an intermediate player all day long.  I would be shocked now if his not one of the first names down.  He has improved out of all recognition.  Moving on, I do think we have serious problems in Laois GAA the lack of GDA's and games promotion is killing us.  There is not enough GDA's we need more, how we finance this is open to debate.  I have said many times the Center of Excellence will destroy us, unless we can find additional funding.  We seem to be budgeting (Exceptionally well may I add) to pay for a Center of Excellence but there is a cost to this in Games Promotion, GDA's, Development Squads etc.   I don't have the answer to this but we need more money or we will have a fine Center of Excellence without the players to grace it. 

If Malachy was not in for consideration when Sugrue steps down I would be highly surprised,  if anyone remembers the rumors when he took over Portlaoise were meant to be on the decline.  I have a feeling they are better than ever and this might be a big year for them.
Agree 100% with all of that.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 02, 2018, 10:51:24 AM
Hello Football Folk,

I’m a hurling man but would  be very interested to hear more detail on the Portlaoise set up & the culture created by Malachy McNulty, how their management team is set up & operates?
Ballyroan Abu referred to it & plenty of more Portlaoise contributors here, just as an overall interest in top class set ups with successfully clubs, very little detail out there,
Obviously he’s a shrewd manager with mature, committed players, has anyone more of the nuts & bolts of the set up??

Would he be in line to replace John Sugrue down the line

One player is a shining example of the culture of Portlaoise " Ricky Maher" 3 or 4 years ago an intermediate player all day long.  I would be shocked now if his not one of the first names down.  He has improved out of all recognition.  Moving on, I do think we have serious problems in Laois GAA the lack of GDA's and games promotion is killing us.  There is not enough GDA's we need more, how we finance this is open to debate.  I have said many times the Center of Excellence will destroy us, unless we can find additional funding.  We seem to be budgeting (Exceptionally well may I add) to pay for a Center of Excellence but there is a cost to this in Games Promotion, GDA's, Development Squads etc.   I don't have the answer to this but we need more money or we will have a fine Center of Excellence without the players to grace it. 

If Malachy was not in for consideration when Sugrue steps down I would be highly surprised,  if anyone remembers the rumors when he took over Portlaoise were meant to be on the decline.  I have a feeling they are better than ever and this might be a big year for them.

We have 4 GDA’s,we had 5 but Ciaran Muldowney has left and that job is being advertised.

Tipp/Kerry and Kilkenny have 4 GDA’s each so the statement that we need more given our size and playing population is a little wide of the mark.

On the upside however,both u14 development squads are starting tonight,a twice weekly S&C program for the next few months,the u15’s start tomorrow night
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 02, 2018, 12:07:35 PM
I'd like to think that the gdas would run seminars  and coaching  nights with the clubs to show best practise for various  age groups  and make sure  clubs adhere  to it then when  players  go into development squads  they will have a Base level to start at and will have a fair idea what is expected of them.  These need to be run early  January  before clubs get back and implement  their own ad hoc arrangements
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 02, 2018, 12:15:19 PM
I'd like to think that the gdas would run seminars  and coaching  nights with the clubs to show best practise for various  age groups  and make sure  clubs adhere  to it then when  players  go into development squads  they will have a Base level to start at and will have a fair idea what is expected of them.  These need to be run early  January  before clubs get back and implement  their own ad hoc arrangements

In Fairness to the GDA's,that request has to come from the clubs and in fairness to the lads they will facilitate what ye want,

have ye put in a request?

Is running the s&c program starting tonight not giving lads a base level to start at?

There was a meeting last weds night in one of the hotels in portlaoise to give the parents of development squad members in both codes, a fair idea of what was expected of them
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Giovanni on October 02, 2018, 04:01:39 PM
I know Joe's were poor but Portlaose looked awesome, with a superb bench as well. Hadn't seen much club football over the last year but from reading here I expected Joe's to have a young, pacy team that might hurt Portlaoise. It looked like Portlaoise had all the pace in fact. They look very well prepared.

40-1 for the All-Ireland looks a good bet to me.

On the other match, I thought the entire O Dempseys half forward line could step up to a higher level. All 3 looked very good to me.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 02, 2018, 04:53:49 PM
Fair enough  clonad
Then the clubs are lacking in looking  for assistance.  I know what you mean about the s+c and it's brilliant  that they're doing it but what I meant was a system of football sessions for all underage players so that if one or two are unearthed  during  the year they'll  fit straight  in
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 02, 2018, 07:24:26 PM
I wouldn’t back them for an all Ireland . Leinster will be very very hard won judging by the draw. I’m impressed with Portlaoise but I wouldn’t get too ahead of myself as the standard in Laois is very very poor . I’m looking foward to seeing how they get on in Leinster when they meet a team that’s at the same fitness level as them . Should be an exciting journey all the same
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Portbush on October 02, 2018, 07:50:49 PM
Just example. Portlaoise and Newbridge are two towns of similar size little over 20,000 in both. Newbridge has two very successful teams both have won senior championships both have players that represented Kildare.so I could see the benefits of  another club in portlaoise. Another problem in my opinion is there far to few underage teams.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 02, 2018, 09:55:01 PM
Was talking to a youngster today from Portlaoise let’s say about 19 years of age and Irish . Has never heard of Graham Brody , Paul Cahillane , Gareth Dillon , Kieran Lillis etc before . Dosent know  where Rathleague grounds are either . Just shows u the exposure some youngsters get to Gaelic games in the town .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 02, 2018, 10:16:15 PM
I know Joe's were poor but Portlaose looked awesome, with a superb bench as well. Hadn't seen much club football over the last year but from reading here I expected Joe's to have a young, pacy team that might hurt Portlaoise. It looked like Portlaoise had all the pace in fact. They look very well prepared.

40-1 for the All-Ireland looks a good bet to me.

On the other match, I thought the entire O Dempseys half forward line could step up to a higher level. All 3 looked very good to me.

I think they look serious, because they are so dominant, people are overlooking how much they improved over the last year.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 02, 2018, 10:22:55 PM
Leinster will tell us how much they have improved
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laois Rising on October 03, 2018, 12:20:30 PM
On the need for another club in Laois you could look at a town like Tralee with very similar population. There are seven clubs in and around the attachment area of the town (granted football has a much higher status in Kerry). The result is that every youngster in Tralee is exposed to GAA and depending where they are living/familly connection has a connection/afflication to a specific club. That allows for link up between coaching within schools and clubs. Pointless having a GDA in Laois going into primary schools in Portlaoise for a couple of weeks doing a half hour sessions when those youngsters and have no affiliation to a GAA club. The coaching ends up going nowhere.

I would take a wager that the majority of youngster in Potlaoise have not been to see "their club" playing in any county final, name the players on the team or have even set foot inside O'Moore park for any championship game. It really is a huge issue for Laois GAA to try and readdress.     

On the flip side it's all well and good looking to establish a second GAA club but who will run it and get it off the ground? Need people from Portlaoise to buy in and commit for the long haul if it is going to get off the ground. I don't know if they are there. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 03, 2018, 03:34:36 PM
You're  spot on there. I'm from a smallish  rural club and it's hard  to get volunteers  to do anything.  I'd say starting a club would be nigh on impossible. Maybe a juvenile  club U13 down and set a target for adult football  in 6 years.  If parents  are helping  with kids then they're  more likely  to follow them up  the ranks too.  Enough  ground for a pitch might be a problem  too though
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 03, 2018, 04:06:24 PM
You're  spot on there. I'm from a smallish  rural club and it's hard  to get volunteers  to do anything.  I'd say starting a club would be nigh on impossible. Maybe a juvenile  club U13 down and set a target for adult football  in 6 years.  If parents  are helping  with kids then they're  more likely  to follow them up  the ranks too.  Enough  ground for a pitch might be a problem  too though

Im hearing there’s a full sized 4g Astro turf pitch going into one of the second level schools in the town

Project cost close to the €1m mark
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SpeculativeEffort on October 03, 2018, 05:51:38 PM
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I would take a wager that the majority of youngster in Potlaoise have not been to see "their club" playing in any county final, name the players on the team or have even set foot inside O'Moore park for any championship game. It really is a huge issue for Laois GAA to try and readdress.     

Its an idea in isolation but could the county board not go to every school in Portlaoise (and killenard) and give every child a free ticket for the county final. Have a bit of fanfare about it. Give out a few prizes. I know they get in free anyway but it would raise awareness of the game especially in Portlaoise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 03, 2018, 07:47:43 PM
Good idea but could the respective clubs not do it anyway. Why are we expecting the co board to lead the most basic things. I bet O Dempseys have something set up for their juvenile section. For every 10 kids in a club group an adult goes free if arranged with co board
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 03, 2018, 11:51:03 PM
Anyone else think that Graiguecullen looked very poor and toothless in their semi final game . Was very poor for a team in the semis . I think they have regressed since Clancy took over . You’d think they would be better
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on October 04, 2018, 11:07:21 AM
Anyone else think that Graiguecullen looked very poor and toothless in their semi final game . Was very poor for a team in the semis . I think they have regressed since Clancy took over . You’d think they would be better

I wouldn't say they have regressed but certainly haven't improved too much. They have lost a few big names and now have a few young, small lads starting who will take time to reach the desired standard. Starting without the likes of Birdy Hand and Barry Brennan at midfield would weaken any team and thats where most of their problems lay this year.

Winning very little midfield ball means your forwards are starved of possession for long periods and your defence is under pressure. They also lost Ian Fleming, Kearney only played one game and Ambrose Doran was out all year with an injury. All that has to have an affect on a team so blaming Clancy is a bit of a cheap shot. I think he has done well with what he had to work with and has brought them to semi finals and finals since he became involved.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laois fan on October 04, 2018, 12:43:42 PM
Danny o rielly also
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 04, 2018, 04:33:08 PM
Graiguecullen were in the relegation semi or final year before Clancy took over. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 04, 2018, 07:46:09 PM
Anyone can end up in a relegation semi sure ? O’Dempseys got relegated a few years ago , Stradbally were in relegation semis on a regular basis then won the championship out of nowhere . St Joseph’s were in a relegation semi one year and then the rule book kept them and a couple of others up .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 04, 2018, 09:43:34 PM
You're  spot on there. I'm from a smallish  rural club and it's hard  to get volunteers  to do anything.  I'd say starting a club would be nigh on impossible. Maybe a juvenile  club U13 down and set a target for adult football  in 6 years.  If parents  are helping  with kids then they're  more likely  to follow them up  the ranks too.  Enough  ground for a pitch might be a problem  too though

Im hearing there’s a full sized 4g Astro turf pitch going into one of the second level schools in the town

Project cost close to the €1m mark
who is paying for that ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 04, 2018, 10:03:03 PM
You're  spot on there. I'm from a smallish  rural club and it's hard  to get volunteers  to do anything.  I'd say starting a club would be nigh on impossible. Maybe a juvenile  club U13 down and set a target for adult football  in 6 years.  If parents  are helping  with kids then they're  more likely  to follow them up  the ranks too.  Enough  ground for a pitch might be a problem  too though

Im hearing there’s a full sized 4g Astro turf pitch going into one of the second level schools in the town

Project cost close to the €1m mark
who is paying for that ?

Portlaoise Gaa won’t be asked to contribute,afaik
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 05, 2018, 09:12:20 AM
Would it be the norm for a GAA club to contribute to a school pitch?


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 05, 2018, 10:00:54 AM
Sure  isn't  there  one out in ballinakill  too and no club had to contribute  to it.  If it improves  the  infrastructure for games games development  in the county  then it's a positive step.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 05, 2018, 10:31:39 AM
Thought as much.

If true isn't is fantastic for the GAA club players from the parish attending the school.




Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laois Rising on October 05, 2018, 11:23:12 AM
Very cheap shot thrown at Graigue and Clancy on this forum. If you took four or five of the the most prominent players (e.g. O'Reilly, Fleming, Doran, Brennan) from any club team in Laois bar Portlaoise they would struggle badly and more than likely flirt with the relegation play-offs. A lot of young players given the chance this year and that orders well for them going forward. They will have benefited from the experience of this year. If they can keep that group of players together for the next year or two they should be competitive going forward.

I'm not sure what more they could have done this year. My reading of O'Dempsey's game was that the first goal proved the decisive score. Showed great character against Killeshin the first day and Timmons showed huge commitment and hunger driving the team forward in games. They very much looked like a team playing for their club and manager.   
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Chrimtain on October 05, 2018, 11:33:34 AM
Portlaoise Kid, notwithstanding the club's current successful run in the county, what is your assessment of the numbers playing GAA games in Portlaoise? Do you think more needs to be done to get more playing the game in the town? Is the Portlaoise club doing enough? Would the idea of a second club in the town be resisted by Portlaoise?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 05, 2018, 12:33:18 PM
I think we know it would. I'd be shocked if PK said otherwise. Portlaoise can't maximise what they have, because whilst they are numerically rich, financially they are poor. Their Intermediates are run like a Junior B team, which is just shocking. And the attitude from within seems to reflect that. So whilst a lot of us would be expecting Portlaoise to be capable of having a good second team, the reality is that it never looks like happening. You could sit down and draw up a list of lads who have just fallen by the wayside in Portlaoise. Good footballers. Certainly good enough that if they were in a rural club they'd be under pressure to perform. There is no pressure on them in Portlaoise, unless they create their own.

Portlaoise seem happy enough with the situation. They know that at the heart of the club, it is a core of people keeping the thing going. They know that they are financially constrained and that this puts limitations on them. I think some of us look at Portlaoise as being this huge club with infinite resources, I think the realty doesm't bear that out at all
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 05, 2018, 02:25:27 PM
Would it be the norm for a GAA club to contribute to a school pitch?

The application for funding is with the leinster council and HQ at the minute.

It would be a brilliant resource if it happens.

No more weather delayed games for starters
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Toomanygaels on October 05, 2018, 06:15:32 PM
I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 05, 2018, 08:31:05 PM
I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 05, 2018, 09:35:15 PM
The question is ... will the red card be overturned ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Keyser Söze on October 05, 2018, 09:52:09 PM
I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.

In fairness there is no great history of letting players off!!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 05, 2018, 10:01:35 PM
I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Toomanygaels on October 05, 2018, 10:05:50 PM
Going on our county boards previous history, he is certain to get off. I think county players or former county players in Laois have something like a 90% chance of getting off on appeal.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Keyser Söze on October 05, 2018, 10:11:19 PM
Going on our county boards previous history, he is certain to get off. I think county players or former county players in Laois have something like a 90% chance of getting off on appeal.

Examples?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 05, 2018, 10:13:31 PM
Quigley
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 05, 2018, 10:54:22 PM
Going on our county boards previous history, he is certain to get off. I think county players or former county players in Laois have something like a 90% chance of getting off on appeal.
Aye cos Bruno has gotten well taken care of by the County Board in the past, eh? Eh?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Toomanygaels on October 05, 2018, 11:03:09 PM
Ha ha. That's the first time I have heard a punch (with closed fist) to the side of the head called shaking off an opponent.
I wasnt like it was a rash decision by Maurice Deegan, he took plenty of time to make his decision. It looked like he was trying his best not to get him sent off. He went to 2 umpires and 2 linesmen over it. It's not wonder our county is struggling for referees.

I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 05, 2018, 11:03:55 PM
Portlaoise Kid, notwithstanding the club's current successful run in the county, what is your assessment of the numbers playing GAA games in Portlaoise? Do you think more needs to be done to get more playing the game in the town? Is the Portlaoise club doing enough? Would the idea of a second club in the town be resisted by Portlaoise?
First and foremost of course we would be against splitting our club in two. Portlaoise as a club is just as passionate and entitled to exist as a single entity as any club. We may be a big town but that is not reflected in our club numbers. But make no mistake we are as passionate as any club.

The potential playing numbers in Portlaoise are are great but it's a competitive market place in town , their are lads in town who play other sports or none at all and couldn't give a shite about gaa and never will. I'm not sure any amount of money could gets enough gdas to break this market.

I do believe we do an excellent job of getting lads through to senior and I firmly believe every lad gets the chance to maximise their talent and become senior players. High fielder made some decent points but one I would disagree with is the point that players go by the wayside needlessly,I believe  its firmly on the players shoulder if they are good enough they get a chance. Lads in portlaoise only want to play senior, there is zero appetite for intermediate so when a player finds themselves there they either play and excel or wilt, most wilt because they are  not good enough and just play another sport in town but those who are good enough will come through. That's harsh but true.

We need to remember portlaoise first team provides laois players not the intermediates. The better Portlaoise are the stronger laois are in both football and hurling


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 05, 2018, 11:05:40 PM
Ha ha. That's the first time I have heard a punch (with closed fist) to the side of the head called shaking off an opponent.
I wasnt like it was a rash decision by Maurice Deegan, he took plenty of time to make his decision. It looked like he was trying his best not to get him sent off. He went to 2 umpires and 2 linesmen over it. It's not wonder our county is struggling for referees.

I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.

Our county is struggling for referees because certain clubs won’t bother their holes supply referees to our games.

Our county is struggling for referees because certain clubs make no effort to ensure their players and supporters respect referees.

I’m no fan of Portlaoise, but they’re not one of the aforementioned clubs.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 05, 2018, 11:09:32 PM
Ha ha. That's the first time I have heard a punch (with closed fist) to the side of the head called shaking off an opponent.
I wasnt like it was a rash decision by Maurice Deegan, he took plenty of time to make his decision. It looked like he was trying his best not to get him sent off. He went to 2 umpires and 2 linesmen over it. It's not wonder our county is struggling for referees.

I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.
let's hope he gets off , a nothing incident . Bruno takes some amount of crap off players not able for him and not a word is said when it happens.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on October 05, 2018, 11:17:43 PM

Ha ha. That's the first time I have heard a punch (with closed fist) to the side of the head called shaking off an opponent.
I wasnt like it was a rash decision by Maurice Deegan, he took plenty of time to make his decision. It looked like he was trying his best not to get him sent off. He went to 2 umpires and 2 linesmen over it. It's not wonder our county is struggling for referees.

I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.
let's hope he gets off , a nothing incident . Bruno takes some amount of crap off players not able for him and not a word is said when it happens.

The umpires and referee saw f**k all 2 years ago when bruno was taken out v Stradbally!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Toomanygaels on October 05, 2018, 11:24:01 PM
I think the rules should be the same for everyone. Either way Portlaoise shouldn't need the services of him to much in the final. The first round of the Leinster looks like it could be a major game for them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on October 05, 2018, 11:34:48 PM
Young lad from ballylinan (cant remember his name) got sent off in the semi final last year and his appeal was successful and played in the county final.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 05, 2018, 11:41:50 PM

Ha ha. That's the first time I have heard a punch (with closed fist) to the side of the head called shaking off an opponent.
I wasnt like it was a rash decision by Maurice Deegan, he took plenty of time to make his decision. It looked like he was trying his best not to get him sent off. He went to 2 umpires and 2 linesmen over it. It's not wonder our county is struggling for referees.

I hear Portlaoise/Bruno are appealing the sending off tonight. I presume our county board will do as they normally do and let the player off.
He did f**k all wrong, he’s dead right to appeal


I forgot striking a player in the back of the head was allowed in Laois 🙈 but it’s Bruno so let him play. Nothing to see here lads
Merely a shaking off of his opponent who had fouled him. Lads need to toughen up a wee bit.
let's hope he gets off , a nothing incident . Bruno takes some amount of crap off players not able for him and not a word is said when it happens.

The umpires and referee saw f**k all 2 years ago when bruno was taken out v Stradbally!
That was an abhorrent attack
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Toomanygaels on October 06, 2018, 07:50:13 AM
It just the way our county board work and oh we happen to have a Portlaoise chairman this year. I wonder on what grounds did he get off?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on October 06, 2018, 08:10:21 AM
Who was chairman last year when kevin byrne got off?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 06, 2018, 08:16:16 AM
I have not seen the video, so can someone without an agenda or an axe to grind tell me,  was Bruno sent off correctly or incorrectly ?  if so there is no case to answer, if yes then that's another story.  The video's are pretty good as we have used them all year so if they show nothing then there was nothing.  Bruno is able to handle himself but I would not have him down as a dirty player so I was surprised at him being sent off.

As for Portlaoise working well as club,  I am not trying to throw a spanner in the works.  But PortlaoiseKid your synopsis is that of a Portlaoise man,  it's really a case of we are winning the Senior nothing to see here.  I am not saying a second club is the answer as I believe at this stage, it would have to be ran by the County Board till such a time as it can run itself.  But Clonad, Ratheniska and Heath are the solution and I think they are starting to realize this,  a super strong Portlaoise while in the short term is good for Portlaoise, I feel it is not a good long term solution for Laois or Portlaoise.  Also on this the divisional sides while a nice side show are not the solution in Laois.  I actually fear for Portlaoise long term, as there is a malaise within that club that is serious.  The Senior Team as I have said before is covering up a multitude of problems.  Maybe they will sort them out but it's been going on a while now.  Serious competition for hearts and minds in the town I feel would rejuvenate the club and in would in the long run be good for Portlaoise, but wiser heads than me think different.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 06, 2018, 09:28:10 AM
Justice for Bruno
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: ollie12 on October 06, 2018, 09:47:19 AM
Did anybody here why he won his appeal? I heard a reason but it seems a very silly reason so I don't  think it's true.  I heard the ref got injured, Maurice left the line to referee it a Brendan McCann went down to do lines man but wasn't dressed in proper gear.  He was wearing  jeans and shoes and this is the technicality that got him off. This is hardly true???
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: merman on October 06, 2018, 10:47:00 AM
Did anybody here why he won his appeal? I heard a reason but it seems a very silly reason so I don't  think it's true.  I heard the ref got injured, Maurice left the line to referee it a Brendan McCann went down to do lines man but wasn't dressed in proper gear.  He was wearing  jeans and shoes and this is the technicality that got him off. This is hardly true???

That was a joke doing the rounds last weekend. Started by a group of Portlaoise lads in the stand and back in town after.

It might seem harsh on O' Dempseys as it makes a near impossible job that much harder but I'm glad Bruno is playing. I thought a red was extreme; especially within the context of it meaning he would miss a County Final over it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 06, 2018, 11:32:09 AM
The decision has been reversed . Bruno is now suspended again . What a joke this is . Laughing stock
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 06, 2018, 11:42:21 AM
I think LaoisToday got it wrong, not the County Board.  The first story suggests "they understand" rather than anything concrete.

1st Article https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/10/06/breaking-major-boost-for-portlaoise-as-bruno-cleared-to-play-in-final/

2nd Article https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/10/06/portlaoise-star-forward-will-miss-county-final-after-all/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 06, 2018, 08:56:25 PM
It was Laois Today who got it wrong. You’d imagine they would check their favs before writing the article
If you knew the machinations that went on here, your head would explode. This would be national news if it got out.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 07, 2018, 02:33:36 AM
Some farce. Corruption well and truly alive.
do you care to explain ? I doubt it , you I'll informed clown.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on October 07, 2018, 10:10:14 AM
2015 Ross Munnelly sent off in semi final and gets off
2016 Colm Begley sent off in semi final and gets off
2017 Kevin Byrne sent off in semi final and gets off
2018 Bruno sent off in semi final and doesnt get off
We know everyone hates us but dont make it so obvious!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Jd on October 07, 2018, 05:08:14 PM
Ah will you stop both lads struck. Maurice took his time, consulted both umpires and linesmen and made an informed decision. I feel sorry for Bruno but he should have known better. Match over facing into his 14th or 15th co final and he reacts If we start allowing appeals cos a lad misses a co final then the whole discipline system is a joke.  Refs need to be supported not second guessed. Jesus you'd think there's a big conspiracy against Portlaoise but are you forgetting that the Joseph's lad was put off too
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbbey on October 07, 2018, 08:23:53 PM
with or without mccormack it shouldnt make a difference, nobody has got inside 10 points of them yet and i cant see it next sunday either
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 07, 2018, 09:01:34 PM
2015 Ross Munnelly sent off in semi final and gets off
2016 Colm Begley sent off in semi final and gets off
2017 Kevin Byrne sent off in semi final and gets off
2018 Bruno sent off in semi final and doesnt get off
We know everyone hates us but dont make it so obvious!
Well you do bring it on yourselves
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on October 07, 2018, 09:31:43 PM
What does that mean? Youre missing the point!
2015 Ross Munnelly sent off in semi final and gets off
2016 Colm Begley sent off in semi final and gets off
2017 Kevin Byrne sent off in semi final and gets off
2018 Bruno sent off in semi final and doesnt get off
We know everyone hates us but dont make it so obvious!
Well you do bring it on yourselves
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 07, 2018, 09:44:05 PM
You said everyone hates you, you don’t help yourselves in that regard.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: town1980 on October 07, 2018, 11:03:44 PM
In fairness we are just too good this year I don’t think o Dempsey’s will provide any resistance in the final if I’m honest graigue Woulda been a better opposition from last years team there has been some changes ,, a few cheap shots thrown at Clancy but they gave us the two best games of the championship and did av to try beat a team twice  ask the graigue people to judge him probably ,, going forward I think we are way to open so if we wana progress we need to tighten up only my opinion
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 08, 2018, 10:30:44 AM
You said everyone hates you, you don’t help yourselves in that regard.

What do you mean by that Don?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 08, 2018, 11:14:48 AM
You said everyone hates you, you don’t help yourselves in that regard.

What do you mean by that Don?
Portlaoise's continued inability to cater for the youth of Portlaoise town is wrong. The state of hurling in Portlaoise is inexplicable. The decision to move the club out of Portlaoise will damage GAA in Laois for decades, unless something is done. Fix 2 of those and we'll all love you.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 08, 2018, 11:45:14 AM
I'm not from Portlaoise but the attitude towards them sometimes grates me. I'm not aware of any young lad being turned away from the gates of Rathleague. As for the hurling, the opportunity is there I'm sure to hurl, but they've gone through a lean time recently. They're dominating at Senior in the football and getting dog's abuse for the numbers at their disposal, so where is the balance and how do you strike it? The move to Rathleague was a financially sound one until the deal broke down. It was too late then but they weren't the only ones to get burned. A lot of their problems stem from the fact that they can't cater financially for all the lads who come through their gate. I'm not exactly sure how guilty they are in that regard.

As for the Bruno decision, it looks mealy mouthed in comparison to all those who had their decision reversed. The CB were never going to do Portlaoise a favour in a county final, yet they somehow saw fit to let the other lads off. It's the latter and not the former that makes you wonder
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 08, 2018, 11:49:57 AM
I'm not from Portlaoise but the attitude towards them sometimes grates me. I'm not aware of any young lad being turned away from the gates of Rathleague. As for the hurling, the opportunity is there I'm sure to hurl, but they've gone through a lean time recently. They're dominating at Senior in the football and getting dog's abuse for the numbers at their disposal, so where is the balance and how do you strike it? The move to Rathleague was a financially sound one until the deal broke down. It was too late then but they weren't the only ones to get burned. A lot of their problems stem from the fact that they can't cater financially for all the lads who come through their gate. I'm not exactly sure how guilty they are in that regard.

As for the Bruno decision, it looks mealy mouthed in comparison to all those who had their decision reversed. The CB were never going to do Portlaoise a favour in a county final, yet they somehow saw fit to let the other lads off. It's the latter and not the former that makes you wonder
Ah would you stop, what a real "I'm grand boss, everythings grand boss" attitude. You see no problems in Portlaoise, well good luck to you so.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 08, 2018, 11:52:59 AM
I've pointed to a number of issues previously that concern me about Portlaoise. In my opinion, money would solve a lot of them. Their own Development Officer maybe too. They can't afford to implement the improvements we need from them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 08, 2018, 12:00:05 PM
I've pointed to a number of issues previously that concern me about Portlaoise. In my opinion, money would solve a lot of them. Their own Development Officer maybe too. They can't afford to implement the improvements we need from them.
I disagree.  A GDA would only develop the players already coming through the gates, it won't help cater for more, meaning a huge swathe of the town is still uncatered for. I hear it said that there isn't a big GAA community in Portlaoise, well there wont be if they cant get the chance to develop their game simply because they don't get the chance play the game. Money won't solve everything, in fact, going back to my first point, money caused one of the major problems they have, leaving the town.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 08, 2018, 12:09:17 PM
It did, but if the deal had been done successfully, it would have benefitted the club financially. As things stand, they are in hock to the bank. They can't afford to kit out and run any more teams than they do, and if they had a highly functioning second team for instance, they couldn't afford to even pay a manager's expenses. So for the moment, I don't see any point making promises to youngsters that they can't honour. There is a problem in Portlaoise for sure, but I'm not sure if Portlaoise GAA are in a position to fix it
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 14, 2018, 06:46:21 PM
Just seen today why Portlaoise don’t win leinsters anymore . Were very very average today
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on October 14, 2018, 07:15:47 PM
Just seen today why Portlaoise don’t win leinsters anymore . Were very very average today
Didn't need to get out of third gear really. Good effort by O'Dempseys but really a shock was never on. Ricky Maher is a transformed player. I'd imagine Sugrue will be taking a look.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 14, 2018, 07:35:19 PM
I’d disagree they were there for the taking today . O’Dempseys got very close to them on a few occasions
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: High Fielder on October 14, 2018, 08:20:45 PM
They did but they also got detached and opened up at times too. It was an odd game really. There is no doubt Portlaoise have problems at midfield. It is rare for them to claim possession from kick outs. They were also at sixes and sevens facing runners. Meredith and Kehoe punctured holes a number of times. But O'Dempseys were naive close to goal and, particularly up front, despite Portlaoise under performing, they didn't win enough personal battles. They had the best player on the pitch in Meredith, but nothing to accompany him. I thought Boyle was Portlaoise's main man. He put them on the front foot so many times and always used the ball well.

I don't know what the situation is with the hurling, but to my eye, Healy and McEvoy looked tired today. If the hurlers have to play in Leinster one week, and the footballers the next, I can't see that as being a good thing for dual players. Healy in particular was nowhere near his best today
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 14, 2018, 08:28:48 PM
I thought Healy was actually better than a lot of them . McEvoy was poor though . Wouldn’t beat a Moorefield on that performance
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: the sash on October 14, 2018, 08:44:03 PM
thought healy was poor by his own  standards.  still a very good player but by the looks of it today i don't think he would have the pace for inter county football anymore. thought he was beatin rather easily at times when run at. portlaoise done enough to win and  never really looked like they were going to lose out having said that they did look vulnerable in the full back line and o'deas had 2 good goal chances which they missed and thought portlaoise's two goals were rather scrappy in the build up and could have been avoided
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 14, 2018, 09:12:20 PM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 14, 2018, 09:14:21 PM
Ricky actually played decent enough this year compared to previous years I thought Don
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 14, 2018, 09:53:52 PM
I think Ricky had a right year, It's hard to judge a team when essentially they are playing the scoreboard.  I think Portlaoise played poorly and probably should have won easier they seemed to play in patches we shall see how they go by the end of the year.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: town1980 on October 14, 2018, 10:19:31 PM
Obviously delighted to win but going forward we are so open at the back we coughed up way too many opertunities in my opinion it’s not like mal to do this but whoever is in his ear I hope we change tact from here on in otherwise we won’t go further
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: blueandwhite1 on October 15, 2018, 10:24:28 AM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.

Jesus that is some begrudgary the day after a county final.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 15, 2018, 10:34:23 AM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.

Jesus that is some begrudgary the day after a county final.

It’s points to an age old problem in Laois first impressions are fact,  this year Ricky got himself in super shape worked hard and shoved it down everyone’s throat.  Actually a lot more the type of personality in Laois that we should be looking for.  I don’t know him from Adam but he should be proud of himself this year and is an example to every young player out there. Nothing like getting rewarded for hard work.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: clonadmad on October 15, 2018, 10:41:20 AM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.

Jesus that is some begrudgary the day after a county final.

It’s points to an age old problem in Laois first impressions are fact,  this year Ricky got himself in super shape worked hard and shoved it down everyone’s throat.  Actually a lot more the type of personality in Laois that we should be looking for.  I don’t know him from Adam but he should be proud of himself this year and is an example to every young player out there. Nothing like getting rewarded for hard work.

Well said
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: SCFC on October 15, 2018, 12:44:44 PM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.
Ah Don you're better than that.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 15, 2018, 12:47:52 PM
Don begrudging Ricky Maher ? Ricky Maher transferred from Stradbally when he was a young lad ? Don your hardly a Stradbally man ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Batman!!! on October 15, 2018, 02:11:53 PM
Minor final decent contest. Ballyroan will probably be very disappointed to lose the lead but I think a draw fairest result. Looking forward to the replay.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Unlaoised on October 15, 2018, 02:40:32 PM
Ricky deserves all the credit in the world ..

Hope he goes in with the county as well

This is from a neutral
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on October 15, 2018, 05:10:16 PM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.
Ah Don you're better than that.

What does that statement mean, sure everyone on that team has now won a county title ? ? ? ?
Well done Ricky Maher, great rewards follow great efforts..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 15, 2018, 07:45:58 PM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.
Your a thundering gobshite Don. Don't forget that.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
Post by: Don Draper on October 15, 2018, 10:17:43 PM
Ricky Maher man of the match in a senior county final, maybe it’s true after all, Portlaoise are that far ahead of everyone that anyone could win a county title on that team.
Your a thundering gobshite Don. Don't forget that.
“You’re”