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Title: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on February 28, 2019, 09:51:40 AM
Ballyfin v Graiguecullen
The Heath v Portarlington
Ballyroan-Abbey v Emo
Courtwood v Arles-Kilcruise
Stradbally v Killeshin
Arles-Killeen v Crettyard
St Joseph’s v O’Dempseys
Ballylinan v Portlaoise
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on February 28, 2019, 12:25:33 PM
 A few interesting games there.
An early prediction for the craic….

Graigue should be too strong for Ballyfin

Fancy Port to take The Heath with the talented young players they have coming through.

Ballyroan Abbey and Emo could be a tough game with very little in it. Hard one to call.

I think Arles will be a bit too cute for the young Courtwood team.

Killeshin might surprise Stradbally.

Killeen to sneak by Cretty who’ll miss the Spink lads

Josephs and O’Dempseys could be a cracker if they both go for it. They are two of the big guns. Won’t call it this early.

Portlaoise will beat Ballylinan by something the same as two years ago’s final.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on July 22, 2019, 09:15:17 PM
Championship starting Wednesday lads and barely even a whisper around the place! Anyways here's my first round predictions to get things started:

1. Portlaoise v Ballylinan: Has the makings of a decent game but without Walsh Ballylinan to lose by about 9

2. Killeshin v Stradbally: Very 50/50. Killeshin down Evan Lowry and Deering. Stradbally to win narrowly

3. Port v the Heath: Fancy Port to win handy enough. Best equipped to challenge Portlaoise

4. Joseph's v O'Dempsey's: O'D's by 6

5. Graigue v Ballyfin: Can't see anything other than a handy Graigue win. Graigue +8.

6. Killeen v Crettyard: No Cha but I fancy Cretty to scrape by. Two poor teams who'll be happy enough to face each other

7. Emo v Ballyroan: Tough one to call. Fancy Ballyroan, Emo are poor defensively

8. Courtwood v Kilcruise: Courtwood to win but only just
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 22, 2019, 10:32:55 PM
Championship starting Wednesday lads and barely even a whisper around the place! Anyways here's my first round predictions to get things started:

1. Portlaoise v Ballylinan: Has the makings of a decent game but without Walsh Ballylinan to lose by about 9

2. Killeshin v Stradbally: Very 50/50. Killeshin down Evan Lowry and Deering. Stradbally to win narrowly

3. Port v the Heath: Fancy Port to win handy enough. Best equipped to challenge Portlaoise

4. Joseph's v O'Dempsey's: O'D's by 6

5. Graigue v Ballyfin: Can't see anything other than a handy Graigue win. Graigue +8.

6. Killeen v Crettyard: No Cha but I fancy Cretty to scrape by. Two poor teams who'll be happy enough to face each other

7. Emo v Ballyroan: Tough one to call. Fancy Ballyroan, Emo are poor defensively

8. Courtwood v Kilcruise: Courtwood to win but only just

Only one I disagree with is Crettyard winning. They'll do very well to avoid relegation without the Spink lads. Arles-Killeen are a far cry from what they were, but should still have enough in attack to pull through.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 23, 2019, 12:39:10 PM
Portlaoise V Ballylinan: Portlaoise prob win this but I have Ballylinan as Dark Horses for Championship, first day out is prob not where it's going to happen.  So Portlaoise win here but Ballylinan at big odds to win the county final.  Could be boring and say Portlaoise but feck it.

Killeshin V Stradbally:  I will go with Killeshin, Stradbally have good young lads coming but just not yet.

Port V The Heath: Has to be Port I suppose, but they do have the capacity to implode.

Joseph's V O Dempsey's: O Dempsey here

Killeen V Crettyard:  Killeen in a tight one

Emo V BallyroanAbbey  50/50 here BallyroanAbbey with my heart.

Courtwood V Kilcruise: Kilcruise here, this will be an eye opener for me. Is the talent that Courtwood undoubtedly have be able to cope with the grizzled old veterans of Kilcruise ?  I think Kilcruise find a way to win this.

This is another watershed year for Portlaoise, personally I think they are done.  But who can take the crown Ballylinan for me with O Dempsey & Port in the mix.  Port have the capacity but plenty of times they have had the talent they really need to come together and knuckle down. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on July 23, 2019, 01:05:06 PM
Portlaoise – should win with ease

Killeshin – both teams going to be short players, think Killeshin might edge it

Portarlington – as someone said you can never be sure with Port but surely they will win this

O’Dempseys – the form team of the year so far. Josephs will put it up to them though and might be a narrow win

Graigue – playing Division 3, even though they won it, has to come against Ballyfin

Killeen – think they’ll win this handily

Draw (Emo v B Abbey) – I can’t separate these.

Arles Kilcruise – think they will be far too cute for Courtwood who are still a few players short of being competitive

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 23, 2019, 01:32:22 PM

This is another watershed year for Portlaoise, personally I think they are done. 

Genuinely asking, what signs do you see to make you believe Portlaoise are done? They performed better in the league this year, and that was without six or seven Seniors and two U-20's..

They might not be quite the team they once were, but they're still strong enough to walk another championship. Portarlington will give them their best game. In a couple of years Portarlington could well dominate, but Portlaoise should still get through this year.

Ballylinan with Gary Walsh might have been an interesting prospect , but no chance they  beat Portlaoise without him.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on July 23, 2019, 06:08:06 PM
Are the town what they used to be? No.

Are they still better than any other team in Laois? Yes, by a distance.

Do they have credible opposition in this years championship? Possibly Port if they were up for it.

What should be done to address this imbalance plaguing our championship for over 10 years?

We could start by implementing what was recommended in the strategic review which took place 2 years ago but this should not be done at the expense of Portlaoise doing well and being successful and merely in response to the growth of the area.

A new club is needed for the health of gaelic games in Portlaoise. The more playing football and hurling in the town the better. Our championship is weak because our structure allows it to be. This year will be a handy procession for Portlaoise as 11 out of the last 12 have been. There is no reason why the next biggest urban areas like Port and Graigue shouldn't be challenging them. A smaller more cutthroat championship or one with area teams would force them to get their act together.

Sorry for getting sidetracked  ;D
 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 24, 2019, 09:18:53 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 24, 2019, 09:29:10 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening

Didn't make the game tonight but judging by the score-line and considering they played the whole second half with 14-men, Portlaoise haven't digressed at all under Niall Rigney.

They held the likes of Frank Flanagan and Michael Dowling back as well, so I wouldn't be surprised to see their Intermediates beat Clonaslee and win the Intermediate as well.

Anyone know why Graham Brody was nowhere to be seen? On his travels?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: thegreeenandgold on July 24, 2019, 09:49:56 PM
 Portlaoise never out of second gear,  Ballylinan very poor.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Helix. on July 24, 2019, 09:55:57 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening

Didn't make the game tonight but judging by the score-line and considering they played the whole second half with 14-men, Portlaoise haven't digressed at all under Niall Rigney.

They held the likes of Frank Flanagan and Michael Dowling back as well, so I wouldn't be surprised to see their Intermediates beat Clonaslee and win the Intermediate as well.

Anyone know why Graham Brody was nowhere to be seen? On his travels?

Ballylinan were poor. Portlaoise missed few goal chances aswell but overall weren’t overly tested in the backs. Good blend of youth in team tonight Damon Larkin, Ronan McEvoy and Jason Maher were decent. Red card was harsh I felt nothing malicious Saunders didn’t have much of a chance to pull away from the contact.

Brody was in the stand tonight no idea why. Mickey Nolan was excellent with kickouts and good under high ball. Team seems to be picked on league form and will be hard beaten.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: on the hop on July 25, 2019, 12:24:36 AM
That was one poor ballylinan team, they had no one bar the full forward who is a decent player. Portlaoise far too much pace for them and Lillis in particular was very impressive. Very noticeable the difference in size of the two teams. As for new players, Ronan mcevoy with five or six points from
Play and Jason Maher who was very mobile weren’t too bad.

I hope the officiating tonight is not going to be the standard, The red card was very harsh on Saunders, they simply ran into each other. I am amazed at Maurice Deegan as lineman not copping this and also not assisting the ref when a point was signaled that was Cleary wide on his side.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 26, 2019, 11:57:48 AM
Hard to know who will win tonight. Killeshin are without Deering, Lowry and Bolger due to travel. Stradbally I think are missing a few due to injury.

I'd say Stradbally might edge it with Begley and Dillon pushing them over the line. They'll do well to make the quarters though.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 26, 2019, 10:26:55 PM
Well Stradbally were way, way worse than I expected. Without Jody Dillon they offered nothing up front.

Killeshin were decent, especially when you consider they're missing three good lads. Stevie Attride was the best player on the park. David Aston was very good and Michael Doran showed well in spells.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on July 26, 2019, 11:26:15 PM
Can anyone explain how Jim Bolger's son is playing for Killeshin? Is Jim living in this area and/or involved in Killeshin?
Could he be somebody that could be convinced to become involved in Laois GAA Admin eventually?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 27, 2019, 12:17:31 AM
Well Stradbally were way, way worse than I expected. Without Jody Dillon they offered nothing up front.

Killeshin were decent, especially when you consider they're missing three good lads. Stevie Attride was the best player on the park. David Aston was very good and Michael Doran showed well in spells.


Killeshin      3-14
Stradbally   2-6


Three-goal Killeshin power past Stradbally challenge
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/26/three-goal-killeshin-power-past-stradbally-challenge/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: laoisboy on July 27, 2019, 01:36:07 AM
jim being living in killeshin for the last 15 +
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 27, 2019, 11:39:06 PM
Tonight's results:

O’Dempsey’s    2-15
St Joseph’s       0-11

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/27/goals-make-the-difference-as-odempseys-get-the-better-of-st-josephs/

Portarlington    0-19
The Heath         0-7

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/27/murphy-to-the-fore-as-portarlington-see-off-the-heath/

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Rusty on July 28, 2019, 11:03:54 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on July 29, 2019, 09:11:15 AM
I thought O'Dempsey's had a better idea of how to utilise Dan McCormack on Saturday evening than we saw with Laois u20s. They seemed to be giving him better service. It will be interesting to see how he gets on as the championship progresses.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 29, 2019, 09:51:18 AM
I thought O'Dempsey's had a better idea of how to utilise Dan McCormack on Saturday evening than we saw with Laois u20s. They seemed to be giving him better service. It will be interesting to see how he gets on as the championship progresses.


Thought that myself, Dan played really well and abit unlucky not to score more. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SpeculativeEffort on July 29, 2019, 10:38:42 AM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 29, 2019, 12:27:30 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.

I think only Donie Kingston and Conor Keightley were under 30 from the Crettyard game. Fair play to all at the club for keeping Killeen afloat at Senior but they're going to need to come up with a solution soon.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 01:56:08 PM
Sundays Results:

Arles-Killeen     1-13
Crettyard          1-11

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/28/kingston-edges-ocarroll-as-14-man-killeen-see-off-crettyard/

Graiguecullen   2-11
Ballyfin              0-7

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/28/veteran-doogue-saves-graiguecullens-blushes-as-late-strike-sees-them-beat-ballyfin/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 02:00:01 PM
The draw for Round 2 of the Laois senior football championship has been made.
Following Round 1 games, teams have been split into Winners and Losers Sections for Round 2.

The winners of the Round 2 winners section games will advance to the quarter finals of the championship.
The loser of those games will go to Round 3 where they will face the teams who win in the Round 2 Losers Section.
The losers in the Losers section will head to the relegation semi finals.



Laois Senior Football Championship Round 2 Winners Section
Graiguecullen v O’Dempsey’s
Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
Winners Courtwood/Arles-Kilcruise v Portlaoise
Winners Ballyroan-Abbey/Emo v Portarlington

Laois Senior Football Championship Round 2 Losers Section
Ballylinan v Losers Arles-Kilcruise/Courtwood
Ballyfin v Crettyard
St Joseph’s v The Heath
Losers Ballyroan-Abbey/Emo v Stradbally
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 29, 2019, 02:54:07 PM
Kilcruise v Portlaoise if they get over Courtwood or a local derby against Ballylinan.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 03:45:07 PM
I seen Stradbally just fell short of neighbours The Heath in their match. Sure 49 points is just a kick of a ball really  :D ;D

That was a reference to this scoreline in Junior A Championship,  The Heath 8-23, Stradbally  0-1
What is happening to football in Stradbally, seniors well beaten by Killeshin too …  3-14 to 2-6
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on July 29, 2019, 03:48:04 PM
Port have a nice look about them. A good team on paper as well as being a good young team. If that group stay together, it's easy to see them progressing and being contenders in a year or two.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on July 30, 2019, 05:38:57 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.

I think only Donie Kingston and Conor Keightley were under 30 from the Crettyard game. Fair play to all at the club for keeping Killeen afloat at Senior but they're going to need to come up with a solution soon.
Keightley can't be far off 30 either if at all. And Donie is 29 in a fortnight's time.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 31, 2019, 09:04:16 PM
Court wood gave Kilcruise a bit of a trimming. Big game against the neighbours next for Kilcruise while Courtwood can test themselves against the town
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 31, 2019, 09:09:30 PM
Court wood gave Kilcruise a bit of a trimming. Big game against the neighbours next for Kilcruise while Courtwood can test themselves against the town

Bit surprised at that score-line. Fair play to Courtwood, few young players on that team that should be in with the Laois seniors next year.

As for Kilcruise, surely it's time they go back in with Killeen and give themselves some future. Neither will be challenging anytime soon if the situation continues, and Kilcruise will be doing well to avoid relegation now.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on July 31, 2019, 11:03:19 PM
Can they trouble Portlaoise the next day?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 01, 2019, 12:31:59 AM
Can they trouble Portlaoise the next day?
Doubt it. More a case of Arles being very very fragile defensively. Can't see there being less than 10 points in it.
That said, fine display by Cwood. All bar one point out of 4-14 from play. Young Niall Dunne was unreal good.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 01, 2019, 12:49:10 AM
As a total outsider to this topic.....is a young, athletic, confident and technically able team not exactly what Portlaoise need to test them?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 01, 2019, 12:54:28 AM
Arles looked to control O Flynn by any means including off the ball digs but they neglected to handle Dunne who has the makings of a serious footballer. Courtwood have serious pace going forward but I can’t see them troubling the town. They brought in a young lad on Ross with about 20 to go and he looked like a really sticky corner back. They have survived so I’d say that’s their main objective
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 01, 2019, 06:43:39 AM
The game last night was men against boys, or boys against grandads maybe. Kilcruise/Killeen/Barrowhouse are digging each others graves and yet they've already found the solution in Na Fianna Og. They could have a very nice thing going on there, or of course they could keep digging
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 01, 2019, 10:13:39 AM
The game last night was men against boys, or boys against grandads maybe. Kilcruise/Killeen/Barrowhouse are digging each others graves and yet they've already found the solution in Na Fianna Og. They could have a very nice thing going on there, or of course they could keep digging
I’ve a funny feeling they will keep digging until each and everyone of them are in coffins .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 01, 2019, 11:05:11 AM
Some great people involved in both Arles clubs but if they continue to let a family feud or whatever it is divide them then they're being shortsighted in the absolute extreme. It's time to build bridges for the sake of their best players, supporters and young lads coming through. Laois football needs credible opposition to Portlaoise, and with the talent both clubs still have at their disposal they could provide it in the short term at the very least.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 01, 2019, 11:36:36 AM
Some great people involved in both Arles clubs but if they continue to let a family feud or whatever it is divide them then they're being shortsighted in the absolute extreme. It's time to build bridges for the sake of their best players, supporters and young lads coming through. Laois football needs credible opposition to Portlaoise, and with the talent both clubs still have at their disposal they could provide it in the short term at the very least.
I would have always admired Arles Kilcruise for how they dug out a senior title and a couple(?) of final appearances on top of that. Killeen too made the best use of their resources and with the transfers they also did well.

But surely now the time has come for both of them to at least talk about putting a plan in place to somehow eventually rejoin in some shape or form. Even if they wanted to retain their own clubs but put in a joint senior team it might improve standards in the area. Maybe Barrowhouse could come on board too.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 01, 2019, 12:36:33 PM
 It all comes back to underage football courtwood last night finished with either seven or eight under 20s I think Arles probably had seven or 8 over 35. They have a good set up between Courtwood and Emo at under age with Saint Pauls I know that Arles have a couple of good teams coming through with nà Fianna Òg now so the future could be a lot better if they just put their heads together and work it out. I hope they do as there are a lot of very dedicated football man up there.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 01, 2019, 12:51:16 PM
Just to clarify . Na Fianna Og is Arles Killeen , Arles Kilcruise, Barrowhouse and Crettyard. Would an amalgamation at senior include all four clubs ??
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on August 01, 2019, 01:01:56 PM
Just to clarify . Na Fianna Og is Arles Killeen , Arles Kilcruise, Barrowhouse and Crettyard. Would an amalgamation at senior include all four clubs ??
3 Senior Clubs amalgamated underage!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 01, 2019, 01:19:44 PM
Which club decided to break up the Crettyard/Killeshin setup? I've heard conflicting reports on this...
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: blueandwhite1 on August 01, 2019, 01:33:28 PM
The structure of the Laois SF championship drive some of the club structures. Far too many senior teams, many of which are way off the standard which impacts the quality of the championship.

Not that it's perfect but the standard of the hurling championship rose a good bit when they reduced to 8 senior teams and created senior A. Full amalgamations over the last 15 years have also had an invigorating effect. There are some die hards from Boris or Rathdowney that still hate the idea but they have not been allowed to overrule the majority view. Would be good to see this in football too.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 06, 2019, 11:14:26 AM
Kinda fancy Emo in this replay tonight. The drawn game might bring them on a little more than BA. Will be close again though I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 06, 2019, 01:37:53 PM
Not too sure that Emo have much improvement left in them to be honest. I thought they started well but when BA got to grips with them they looked a better side. Emo lucky enough to get the draw and I can’t see them winning tonight.  So now of course Emo will go on and win 😉
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 06, 2019, 03:20:13 PM
Ballyroan to win by four.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 06, 2019, 09:35:59 PM
Jaysus, Emo got bulled there tonight. They kicked it away themselves too though. Exciting stuff but a bit low on quality. The referee seemed a bit card happy for me.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on August 06, 2019, 10:03:29 PM
A bit ...was the worst display of refereeing decisions I've seen since ....well since the same ref's last important game in the championship last year .

He is just nowhere near the standard and looses control of things in these sort of games .

This has been shown in the past .
Pity because it was exciting even tho quality was low .

He added to the excitement for the neutral but for the players of both sides and esp emo it must be so frustrating to have this standard of an official.
Hope he gets no more senior games this year
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Batman!!! on August 06, 2019, 11:16:58 PM
Unfortunately that’s what’s out there. And he’s deemed an inter county referee. By my readings we have lost Strong, Kinsella, Flynn and the two Moore’s from the group who done senior in 2018. And I’m told Joe Brennan didn’t pass the fitness test so that’s another one missing.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 06, 2019, 11:56:59 PM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 07, 2019, 08:45:13 AM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12


Is this for those without internet access? Cheers.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on August 07, 2019, 09:41:36 AM
A bit ...was the worst display of refereeing decisions I've seen since ....well since the same ref's last important game in the championship last year .

He is just nowhere near the standard and looses control of things in these sort of games .

This has been shown in the past .
Pity because it was exciting even tho quality was low .

He added to the excitement for the neutral but for the players of both sides and esp emo it must be so frustrating to have this standard of an official.
Hope he gets no more senior games this year
This isn't your first time to attack this referee, or others. Maybe take up the whistle yourself.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 07, 2019, 11:42:01 PM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12


Is this for those without internet access? Cheers.
Obviously.    :P

Actually I know quite a few elderly (and not so elderly) people who browse this forum for all their Laois results and news as they don't really have enough knowledge to do much more on the net apart from clicking on a shortcut that someone has set up for them.

The above game was being talked about but no final score had been given so I thought I'd fill in the blanks for other peoples benifit.
Sorry if you feel its a bit silly but not everyone can do what most of us can...

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 08, 2019, 07:09:47 AM
Fair play Junior . All links etc appreciated !
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 08, 2019, 10:03:47 AM
It was banter. Post away!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 09, 2019, 11:53:13 PM
Seeing that I have Keyser Söze blessing and permission here is a result from tonight's Senior Football Championship.  ;)

St. Joseph's    2-10
The Heath       0-12
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 12, 2019, 05:30:11 PM
I thought port were the team to beat Portlaoise this year but they didn’t impress me at all on Saturday. Wide open at the back and McMahon took his man to the cleaners. Port weren’t interested when the hitting began but looked very good going forward at pace. Fair play to them for digging out the dray though. Any thoughts on the phantom goal??? Young Doyle actually hit the net and the ball was ahead of him was my view of it
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on August 12, 2019, 05:37:39 PM
Interesting debate here. I would be all for introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships....

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/12/talking-point-should-laois-gaa-look-at-introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 12, 2019, 10:39:28 PM
I thought port were the team to beat Portlaoise this year but they didn’t impress me at all on Saturday. Wide open at the back and McMahon took his man to the cleaners. Port weren’t interested when the hitting began but looked very good going forward at pace. Fair play to them for digging out the dray though. Any thoughts on the phantom goal??? Young Doyle actually hit the net and the ball was ahead of him was my view of it

Have seen video of "goal" hard to say and that's with a video.  So Ref's decision final and we move on, hopefully BallyroanAbbey back this up with a similar performance on Wednesday. 

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: merman on August 13, 2019, 12:08:07 AM
Interesting debate here. I would be all for introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships....

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/12/talking-point-should-laois-gaa-look-at-introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships/

I've yet to see a valid reason for Divisional Teams.
I think they give an easy out to clubs.

Look at what Courtwood have done. Yes, they play as an amalgamated team at juvenile but they have produced players consistently capable of playing at 'A' grade and now look at home at senior level. Yes, it'll be tough making that next step up to being real bona fide contenders but that'll be a better story than a ragtag amalgamation of clubs and players looking for a quick fix.

It happened with Castletown in the 90s. Clough/Ballacolla to a lesser extent in the 00s. Clubs that went from junior/intermediate to senior after huge work at underage level. Both were consistent at underage level for a decade and eventually these lads filtered through.

The issue with competitiveness isn't a lack of Divisional Teams. It's clubs not making a mature and reasoned decision. Either they find a way to bring through a greater number of players capable of playing at underage 'A' level or they seek to create parish amalgamations like Rathdowney and Errill or Borris and Kilcotton. Both made difficult but brave decisions that have certainly benefited the players in both clubs.

The main support for the idea I've seen on social media extends to doing this to 'Stop Portlaoise' or 'Sure what's the harm in trying it?'.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 08:57:51 AM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Zooming around on August 13, 2019, 02:12:42 PM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant

Is it not a minimum of three games in the Senior no matter what
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 02:34:30 PM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant

Is it not a minimum of three games in the Senior no matter what
Correct.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 03:08:25 PM
Disappointed with the quality of the games I saw this weekend.

I suppose the weather on Saturday affected the games. Ballyfin played some nice football in the first game and Crettyard must be hot favourites to go down now. They look a very disjointed outfit.

In the second game, Portlaoise were well below par and I think it shows that they might be there to be got at by a well organised team with a little bit more quality than Courtwood. To be fair to them, Courtwood gave it a really good go and can only improve from the game.

The third game was ruined by the weather. I think the smallish, light Port team would go better on a dry, fine day. Fancy them to win the replay. Ballyroan Abbey got a few breaks on the night.  

I missed the early games Sunday. Saw half of the Emo Stradbally game. Emo far better team. Stradbally had too many passengers but I think may be able to stay up. Last game was very drab. Graigue kinda left it behind them. I think they led 9-5 and didn’t score again until injury time (or so it seemed). O’Dempseys would need to play a lot better to get to another county final.

Heard nothing about Josephs and The Heath. The Heath are really well off the level of senior football. If you were reducing the senior teams by three or four to bring in area teams, they would be certain to drop I’d imagine.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 03:09:35 PM
Beg your pardon. 3 games. That shouldn't detract from the main point. If we're looking to offer a better standard of football to lads who might be interested in that, we could go Divisional sides or giving lads access to Senior clubs. Maybe someone more knowledgable could explain the rules that govern this.

Alternatively, we could keep going as we are by offering a yearly lifeline to two or three very weak Senior clubs. Sugrue's area competition complemented the current system really well and there's no doubt one or two lads emerged. But if he's gone and with him the area competition, then we have to address ways of getting good players access to Senior football.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 03:22:47 PM
Disappointed with the quality of the games I saw this weekend.

I suppose the weather on Saturday affected the games. Ballyfin played some nice football in the first game and Crettyard must be hot favourites to go down now. They look a very disjointed outfit.

In the second game, Portlaoise were well below par and I think it shows that they might be there to be got at by a well organised team with a little bit more quality than Courtwood. To be fair to them, Courtwood gave it a really good go and can only improve from the game.

The third game was ruined by the weather. I think the smallish, light Port team would go better on a dry, fine day. Fancy them to win the replay. Ballyroan Abbey got a few breaks on the night. 

I missed the early games Sunday. Saw half of the Emo Stradbally game. Emo far better team. Stradbally had too many passengers but I think may be able to stay up. Last game was very drab. Graigue kinda left it behind them. I think they led 9-5 and didn’t score again until injury time (or so it seemed). O’Dempseys would need to play a lot better to get to another county final.

Heard nothing about Josephs and The Heath. The Heath are really well off the level of senior football. If you were reducing the senior teams by three or four to bring in area teams, they would be certain to drop I’d imagine.

Conditions were to blame for the even poorer than usual fare on Saturday evening. We have to accept that Portlaoise don't need to be at full tilt or anywhere near it in Laois. I don't think Courtwood would be worried about too many teams after Portlaoise and nor should they be. The standard has been poor for a number of years now and it's clear that a fresh approach is needed
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: merman on August 13, 2019, 03:35:09 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 04:38:22 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.
Not disagreeing with any of your post but (and I stand to be corrected on this) isn't Rob Tyrell a Dublin born lad who only moved to Camross aged around 13 or 14? He actually might not be the best example but I know where you are coming from.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 05:40:02 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.

Good post in fairness. Good common sense. I'm neither for or against Divisioal teams but I am in favour of getting lads involved with Senior football in whatever guise that takes. Sugrue in fairness trawled the county, but it was only a snapshot. Consistent exposure to good coaching and good football is what some lads need, and at the moment, there are many lads slipping through the cracks
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 13, 2019, 10:20:06 PM
Beg your pardon. 3 games. That shouldn't detract from the main point. If we're looking to offer a better standard of football to lads who might be interested in that, we could go Divisional sides or giving lads access to Senior clubs. Maybe someone more knowledgable could explain the rules that govern this.
Not going to claim to be more knowledgeable, but a non senior club player can't play with a senior club team. That's why the "Gaels" teams are no longer allowed.
The only way a non senior club player can play in the senior championship is if the county board accept the entry of a team formed by two or more non senior clubs.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 10:44:47 PM
Which has been done before and rejected. Thanks PRO
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 16, 2019, 03:55:40 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 16, 2019, 04:21:08 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either
Bennett is in America for the summer. I think Kennedy was a sub and McCann too.
On the round 3 draw, I reckon Ballyfin and Killeen were probably happy enough to draw each other. They'll both fancy their chances.
You could say the same about Ballylinan v Courtwood.
I think Ballyroan and Joseph's could be close too, maybe Ballyroan to edge it.
Emo v Graigue? Maybe Emo by a few points. Depends if Graigue get a couple back from injury and travel.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on August 16, 2019, 08:28:07 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either

Portarlington, with their strongest fifteen out, could pose a real threat to Portlaoise this year. They are potentially a very pacey side. However, possibly due to their inexperience, they can be inconsistent. I think Adam Ryan is not starting yet because he is only coming back after a hand injury. If Ryan was interested, he is one who, in my opinion, a new manager should attempt to bring back into the Laois fold.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 18, 2019, 11:37:03 AM
Wholeheartedly agree . Definitely worth a look at . Always thought he would could  be involved in the county set up .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 18, 2019, 02:06:47 PM
Based on current evidence so far I'd say O'Dempsey's are still a bit ahead of Port but Port have a higher ceiling. We'll see Port win county titles in the next few years but it won't be this year. Definitely a coming team and one to watch out for going forward.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 18, 2019, 06:46:45 PM
On what I have seen maybe I am wrong but I have
1 Portlaoise (still think they won't win it this year have no idea whose going to beat them but think it will happen)
2 O Dempsey's (Clear second best impressed with the way they dealt with Graigue while playing poorly)
3 Portarlington (Potential but they are a distant third, while ahead of the rest)

But what do I know I had Ballylinan as Dark Horses for Championship, so far they have been poor.  Kilcruise unlucky to lose the other night.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 19, 2019, 05:41:52 PM
How I'd rank the remaining 12...

1.       Portlaoise – possible signs in the Courtwood game that they are not the team they were but with Carroll, Holland, Glynn and possibly Brody to come back in, wouldn’t bet against them.

2.       Port – very talented team but might lack a bit of physical strength and size. I rate them slightly ahead of their neighbours.

3.       O’Dempseys – beaten finalists last year but haven’t added to their team with possible exception of Brian Meredith. Will be there or thereabouts

4.       Emo – this might surprise some people but they have a very nice balance to their team. A bit weak at the back though. In very hard luck against B Abbey.

5.       Killeshin – have done nothing wrong so far. Two solid wins although left it late against A Killeen. Scope for improvement with three very good lads returning from USA.

6.       Ballyroan Abbey – unlucky to have to go to two replays. Think they will edge Josephs. A young team with big potential to improve.

7.       Graigue – far too inconsistent to win it but capable on their day of beating anyone. I think Emo will scrape by them although if Byrne and O'Reilly come back, maybe not.

8.       Ballylinan – Haven’t impressed yet but Walsh’s return might just get them into a quarter final. Dunne is one of the best forwards in the championship.

9.       Josephs – Should be way better than they are showing. A lot of lads miss a year here and there and they never seem to be working off a full squad.

10.   Courtwood – Good first 15 but I have doubts about their bench. Ballylinan game could be a bridge too far. Donoher not being fully fit is a huge blow for them.

11.   Arles Killeen – An aging team who depend so much on Donie K (and to a lesser extent his brother). Got a fortunate draw in Round 3 though.

12.   Ballyfin – Could leave me with a red face as they played very well against Crettyard. Wouldn’t be huge shock if they beat A Killeen but I can’t see them stopping the Kingstons.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 19, 2019, 05:43:56 PM
Out of curiosity, what is the story with Brody? Apparently he is playing junior Hurling now!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 19, 2019, 05:49:05 PM
THE PRO I think you're underestimating Courtwood a fair bit. They could just as easily be ranked second. How many teams will get within 6 of Portlaoise?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 19, 2019, 08:56:24 PM
THE PRO I think you're underestimating Courtwood a fair bit. They could just as easily be ranked second. How many teams will get within 6 of Portlaoise?
Yes, I could as easily have had them 4th or 5th. I don't think there's much between 7 or 8 of the teams left.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 19, 2019, 10:48:09 PM
Are you from aymo by any chance??? I’d have em 8th or 9th at most would have Ballyroan Graiguecullen Joseph’s and courtwood a bit ahead of them to be honest
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 20, 2019, 09:36:58 AM
Are you from aymo by any chance??? I’d have em 8th or 9th at most would have Ballyroan Graiguecullen Joseph’s and courtwood a bit ahead of them to be honest
Ah look, just did it for a bit of craic/debate. Can't argue with you. Not much between any of them. I just have a sneaking feeling that Emo could take Graigue and who knows after that? And no, I'm not from Aymo!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 20, 2019, 01:54:12 PM
Based on what I've seen so far I'd go with
1. Portlaoise
2. O'Dempseys
3. Port
4. Killeshin
5. Graigue
6. Courtwood
7. Ballyroan
8. Emo

You could throw a blanket over Killeen, Ballylinan, Joseph's and Ballyfin who I could easily see beating Killeen. Hard to pick who'll go down but I suppose the popular pick would be Crettyard, but given how bad Stradbally and The Heath have been I'd give them a chance.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 20, 2019, 02:43:45 PM
Based on what I've seen so far I'd go with
1. Portlaoise
2. O'Dempseys
3. Port
4. Killeshin
5. Graigue
6. Courtwood
7. Ballyroan
8. Emo

You could throw a blanket over Killeen, Ballylinan, Joseph's and Ballyfin who I could easily see beating Killeen. Hard to pick who'll go down but I suppose the popular pick would be Crettyard, but given how bad Stradbally and The Heath have been I'd give them a chance.
The Heath seem to be well able to avoid the trap door despite coming close nearly every year. I think they'll beat Stradbally. Crettyard are in a bit of transition and Arles might edge them. I actually think Stradbally are in danger of dropping.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 21, 2019, 09:52:30 AM
Paddy Power ranks them as follows -

Portlaoise 1-4
Port and O'D's 9-1
Killeshin 10-1
Graigue 20-1
Killeen, Joe's, Emo and BA 25-1
Ballylinan 28-1
Courtwood 33-1
Ballyfin 100-1

Boyle's are a bit different -

Portlaoise 4-11
Port 15-2
O'D's 9-1
Killeshin 12-1
BA 16-1
Graigue 20-1
Joe's 28-1
Killeen, Ballylinan and Courtwood 33-1
Ballyfin and Emo 50-1
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 23, 2019, 11:33:05 AM
Killeen, Ballylinan, Emo and Ballyroan to win this weekend for me. All games should be close enough you'd think. Could easily get all 4 wrong!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 24, 2019, 07:25:44 PM
Ballyfin beat Arles-Killeen 5-17 to 3-13. That's the highest scoring senior football game I think I've heard of in a long, long time.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 25, 2019, 01:23:12 PM
Sean Moore surely has to be given some league action with Laois next year . Very Impressive again last evening and has definitely filled out the past 18 months .
Ballylinan look a different animal with Walsh back in the frame.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 25, 2019, 05:12:41 PM
Courtwood Ballylinan was one of the best club games I've seen in a while. Gary Walsh was left to do what he wanted and he did untold. Ballylinan are so much more dangerous now with him back, you wouldn't rule them out of reaching the county final. Niall Dunne's performance for Courtwood was absolutely brilliant. Such a class act, his fielding is unreal for a lad his age.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 25, 2019, 07:28:38 PM
I was surprised that courtwood didn’t put an extra defender back to close off the space. Ballylinan identified that and drew everyone out leaving Gary one on one and he made hay. Young Dunne was very good alright made a mockery of not starting for the u20s. Courtwood will feel they left it behind a bit. Niall Donoher even though he looked to be carrying an injury was absolutely class too
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 26, 2019, 12:17:09 AM
Sunday's Results:

SFC Round 3                   
Emo                        1-10
Graiguecullen        1-14
            https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/25/the-scoreless-period-costs-emo-as-graiguecullen-march-on-to-the-last-eight/

St Joseph’s             1-15
Ballyroan-Abbey    2-11
            https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/25/st-josephs-down-14-man-ballyroan-abbey-to-advance-to-quarter-finals/

Relegation Semi-Final      
Stradbally               1-14
The Heath               0-12
          https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/25/lawlor-to-the-fore-as-stradbally-survive-and-the-heath-head-for-relegation-final/


Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals
O’Dempsey’s v Ballyfin
Portlaoise v St Joseph’s
Portarlington v Graiguecullen
Killeshin v Ballylinan

Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Crettyard v The Heath
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 26, 2019, 08:53:16 AM
Was only in yesterday for the two Round 3 games. Poor enough stuff. Fierce disappointed in BA. Thought they would show more benefit of some very good underage teams. Maybe a little too soon for some of them?
Same with Emo. They have brought through a few very good lads in recent years but Graigue were just a bit cuter. Wasn't much in it really though. Could Graigue catch Port too? Not impossible...
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on August 26, 2019, 12:22:25 PM
Best tenner I ever spent was Saturday evening ballyfin and ballylinan wins ...they were incredible games

Sean Moore was pure class ...ballyfin got 4-15 from play
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 26, 2019, 12:30:02 PM
Courtwood Ballylinan second half was fantastic

Yep we were disappointing but nothing between the teams back to drawing board for us.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 26, 2019, 12:33:07 PM
Ballyfin will give ODemseys plenty of it . Port and Graigue is a toss up . Attride and  Walsh will be an interesting dual , can see Ballylinan pulling through . Joes won't get within ten points of Portlaoise .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on August 26, 2019, 12:46:09 PM
Am I correct to assume quarter finals will be played on the weekend of 7/8 September ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: merman on August 26, 2019, 12:51:53 PM
That's hurling weekend PK.
They'll be the following weekend. Format is alternate weekends with the EP weekend being left completely free.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on August 26, 2019, 01:07:58 PM
Thanks Merman, totally forgot about Electric Picnic
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Heshs Umpire on August 26, 2019, 04:24:29 PM
Courtwood Ballylinan second half was fantastic.
No, it wasn't... :(
A bit of naivety on our part maybe. We really should have tried to tie up Gary Walsh a bit better than we did. But then again, we missed plenty at the other end too.
Not a bad draw for Ballylinan in the quarter final too. They'll know Killeshin well and it looks like another 50-50 game.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Joeythelips on August 29, 2019, 09:21:14 AM
Best tenner I ever spent was Saturday evening ballyfin and ballylinan wins ...they were incredible games

Sean Moore was pure class ...ballyfin got 4-15 from play

Pity there is no Laois senior manager to watch these games.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 29, 2019, 11:27:38 PM
Pity there is no Laois senior manager to watch these games.

You can be sure there are a couple of fellas snaking around watching games in the hope of impressing in an interview!
These are lucrative jobs, a fella could earn a sizeable 5 figure sum for himself after all!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on September 01, 2019, 09:23:23 PM
I suspect that the All Ireland Football Final replay will clash with the timing of Laois SFC Quarter Finals. I hope the CB will change the timing of throw ins so that people, who wish to, can see the televised replay as well as attend the quarter finals.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 11, 2019, 09:04:42 AM
Some interesting quarter finals this weekend.

The matches will be tight and with the weather to be dry and sunny there is no excuse for poor football.

I'm backing Portlaoise, Port, Dempseys and Ballylinan to come through.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on September 11, 2019, 09:27:08 AM
Some interesting quarter finals this weekend.

The matches will be tight and with the weather to be dry and sunny there is no excuse for poor football.

I'm backing Portlaoise, Port, Dempseys and Ballylinan to come through.
I'd be inclined to pick the same 4 winners.
I think Portlaoise and O'Dempseys will win comfortably. I think the other two will be very close. Be great to see Killeshin or Ballyfin get to a semi final.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 13, 2019, 08:27:42 AM
portlaoise, o dempseys definates, port/graigue hard to call - port by a few, killeshin by a few also
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 13, 2019, 08:35:27 AM
Think Graigue might be that bit cuter than a very young Port team. Killeshin and Ballylinan is very difficult to call. I'd imagine Attride will take up Walsh, and Attride did well on him last year as well. Be interesting to see what Bolger, Lowry and Deering bring to the Killeshin set-up. They could be the boost they need to get through.

Portlaoise will hammer St Joseph's. Don't think O'Dempsey's will hammer Ballyfin, but they'll still beat then comfortably enough in the end I'd say.


Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Batman!!! on September 13, 2019, 11:19:09 PM
Good riddance to Crettyard.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 14, 2019, 08:08:23 AM
Good riddance to Crettyard.
What did the yard ever do to you?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on September 14, 2019, 08:43:52 AM
Good riddance to Crettyard.
Good club. They'll be back. Don't go around stealing other clubs players either so sorry to see them slip down.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on September 14, 2019, 09:52:01 AM
portlaoise to win
killishin to win
o dempseys to win
portarlinton to win
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Rusty on September 14, 2019, 11:41:22 AM
Cretty are a good club, age and numbers are against them thou. Silver lining of relegation is potential to win intermediate and get a run out in Leinster. I think its better to go down and win something rather then stick around the relegation for years.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: steven seagal on September 14, 2019, 06:55:21 PM
Crettyard coming back up will depend on keeping O'Carroll. His body language doesn't hint at a fella who is happy playing there. I wouldn't be surprised to see him transferring up to Dublin over the winter.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on September 15, 2019, 01:14:58 PM
Incredible first half from Joseph's. To manage 2 whole points in 30 minutes is some going. Love their attacking, free flowing football.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Saint 1963 on September 15, 2019, 05:27:52 PM
You're dead right Countyminor. They should have gone all out and got their backsides handed to them like last year!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on September 16, 2019, 09:48:52 AM
Portlaoise nowhere near like the team they were . Possibly there for the taking this year . Graigue or Port will fancy there chances . Delighted for Ballyfin,  thoroughly deserved win . Had there homework done on OD s .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laois Rising on September 16, 2019, 09:59:57 AM
Killeshin and Ballyfin will be thrilled to have drawn one another for the semi-final. Both sides forward lines have been impressive so far in the championship. While Killeshin will go into the game as favourites, Ballyfin will certainly not fear them. Will take huge confidence from withstanding an O'Dempsey's fightback in second half.

As for Crettyard. If Evan O Carroll did decide to jump ship and play for a Dublin club they could struggle to stay afloat in the intermediate championship. Most of the team is nearer to 40 than 30 at this stage.     
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 16, 2019, 10:01:04 AM
Killeshin v Ballyfin could be a cracker. I think Killeshin will come through though, the three lads that came back from America certainly added something to them against Ballylinan.

As you said above, Portlaoise are very much there for the taking. Winner of Graigue and Port could potentially win it out.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on September 16, 2019, 10:47:00 AM
I actually fancied ballyfin to beat ODs (yeah I know,Easy be wise after the event!!) I think they’ll do a job on Killeshin too. They have a lovely way of playing and serious pace up top which is the most important thing cos they hit teams so fast on the break. Moore has come on an awful lot in the past year too. They are a well drilled outfit and will play with nothing to lose now
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 16, 2019, 10:56:40 AM
Who is managing Ballyfin?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 16, 2019, 11:02:52 AM
Great result for Ballyfin, we all got that one wrong, Killeshin will be a lot stronger physically and will also now take note of Ballyfin after the o'dempseys result, they will not take them for granted
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: thegreeenandgold on September 16, 2019, 11:38:00 AM
Who is managing Ballyfin?

Killian Fitzpatrick, It's great to see Ballyfin and Killeshin in the Semi Final two very well drilled outfits.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 16, 2019, 12:03:49 PM
No reason why Killeshin can’t be there or there abouts . Young organised team with plenty of firepower up front . The three boys Back from America have improved them further. If they can get over Ballyfin you never know what could happen in a final especially if they play out of their skins for the full hour.

As for Portlaoise . They will be hard beaten when it comes to it but they seem to have regressed considerably opening the door for a new winner this year. I notice more and more of the intermediate team is creeping into the first team as every year goes by . If port can beat Graiguecullen it would set up a match against Portlaoise that we all want to see.

While we are in for an exciting end to the championship unfortunately I don’t see any team from Laois making a mark in Leinster club this year .

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 16, 2019, 12:54:27 PM
Who is managing Ballyfin?

Killian Fitzpatrick, It's great to see Ballyfin and Killeshin in the Semi Final two very well drilled outfits.
One of their own. Good to see.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 17, 2019, 01:09:12 AM
Replay of Graiguecullen and Portarlington fixed for Thursday 19/09/2019 at McCann Park at 8.00PM.
A bit unfair on Graiguecullen having to play in Ports home ground, surely they could have played it in O'Moore Park on Thursday....
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 17, 2019, 01:12:59 AM
Must be a mistake . If that’s true it’s an absolutely ridiculous decision. It’s quite baffling the more you think about it . Should be fixed for either o Moore park or Stradbally .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 17, 2019, 01:40:18 AM
Ah it has to be a mistake. No reason why it wouldn't be in OMP.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Uisce on September 17, 2019, 11:35:48 AM
No surprise but it was a mistake, fixture now says it is in O'Moore park.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 17, 2019, 11:42:30 AM
I fancy Port to  make the semis...confidence is high to say the least and they fancy a cut at Portlaoise big time..

I like Graigue and would like to see a guy like Mark Timmons win a county but this is Ports time i think .

Port by at least 5 points.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 17, 2019, 02:01:00 PM
Port win the psychological battle, Graigue lads here shit themselves at the thought of going to McCann Park
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 17, 2019, 02:17:24 PM
there wont be alot in it again but i also think port by a few
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on September 17, 2019, 02:46:33 PM
Port win the psychological battle, Graigue lads here shit themselves at the thought of going to McCann Park
More schoolboy stuff from this clown 🤡
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 17, 2019, 03:02:24 PM
Port win the psychological battle, Graigue lads here shit themselves at the thought of going to McCann Park
More schoolboy stuff from this clown 🤡
You cut me deep Shrek.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 17, 2019, 04:35:22 PM
Port win the psychological battle, Graigue lads here shit themselves at the thought of going to McCann Park
Really ? Graigue have more than a right to question the venue. I believe Port will win but the venue wont decide it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on September 17, 2019, 05:46:17 PM
Love to see the replay in Stradbally or somewhere like it but understand why it can't be .
Can see Graigue pulling this off Thursday .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on September 17, 2019, 09:37:31 PM
Graigue v port  o Moore park 8 pm
Winners it’s so hard call I went for port and they nearly snatched it but it would have been hard on graigue who I felt were 6 points better side the scores they missed were criminal mostly frees,, there is plenty of improvement for both sides but I’ll stick with port younger legs with a quick turnaround could do it
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 18, 2019, 10:17:56 AM
It's great to see new teams coming through, but it's sad to see the decline in standards. Yes Portlaoise have come back to the field a little, but nobody is putting up a solid effort to meet them. The new man might be going into Division 2 with a weaker panel than Sugrue had in 3. Only in Laois. It remains the case that coaching in this county is not good enough to improve teams, and the emergence of Ballyfin and Killeshin is proof of that. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see the players on either of those teams who will make a difference to Laois. I say that with all the respect due to both sides, who I admire greatly. At least they have shown a willingness to knuckle down and get to where they have. A lot of teams in Laois have lost the desire and change is needed. It's a shame they can't see that.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 18, 2019, 10:21:55 AM
The new man might be going into Division 2 with a weaker panel than Sugrue had in 3. Only in Laois.
Why only in Laois?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 18, 2019, 10:40:43 AM
I don't see that being the case HighFielder. The winner of the Graigue-Port replay should really fancy their chances of toppling The Town. Portlaoise have beaten a Courtwood team who didn't even make the quarters by 6 points, and only beat an under-performing St Joseph's team by 3.

As for Ballyfin and Killeshin, there are definitely a few very decent prospects on both, hence why they are in the semi-finals. I'd say James Finn and Sean Moore are of county standard for Ballyfin, while Michael Doran, the two Lowry's and Attride can offer plenty to this year's set-up as well.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 18, 2019, 03:24:22 PM
Would it be fair to say Silky that Portlaoise under performed too? That's how it looked to me anyway. I hope you're right about talent coming through. I haven't seen too many yet that will make an impression; not unless some walk away, which from what I hear could be likely.

This is what I meant by "only in Laois". It's common enough for counties to have coaches and players walking away from a bad year or situation. We've had a good couple of years and the coach has gone and some players may be going too. That sort of shoot yourself in the foot policy seems to be unique to us. It's not going to be an easy job for Quirke. It's possible to be deceived by what you see in our Championship because the standard is so bad. Players can get all sorts of tallies but nobody apart from Donie can make it count consistently for Laois. And that for me is what Quirke will need to focus on. We have enough good footballers in Laois, but aside from Sugrue's intervention, they have been badly coached and developed. And I'm not sure turning coaches around every couple of years will help that. There are other factors of course, and this goes deeper than who we get in as Senior Manager.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 18, 2019, 11:05:28 PM
That’s a long winded way of saying I didn’t think my post through very well
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 18, 2019, 11:16:25 PM
Pot. Kettle. Black. I'll let ya off.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 18, 2019, 11:23:42 PM
If port are what I think they are they should beat graigue tomorrow and be there or thereabouts with Portlaoise . But they do have a tendency to blow hot and cold .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 19, 2019, 09:43:59 PM
If port are what I think they are they should beat graigue tomorrow and be there or thereabouts with Portlaoise . But they do have a tendency to blow hot and cold .
Well the blow fairly hot tonight... that's some scoreline
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on September 19, 2019, 09:51:58 PM
Some win for Port tonight, absolutely ripped Graigue to shreds at one end but struggled to kill them off at the other. Whisper it but I'd have them as favourites to beat the town in 10 days time.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on September 19, 2019, 09:58:09 PM
I think they will beat Portlaoise.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on September 19, 2019, 10:09:43 PM
Port were awesome tonight graigues scoreline  flattered them they were  aweful,, the town v another town what a game we have in store in 10 days time 👌
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The Monument Road on September 20, 2019, 04:34:09 PM
Congrats to Kileshin, Ballyfin, Port and Portlaoise on reaching the semis. Wonderful to see new progressive teams in the shakeup and hopefully a few new faces will arise for the County.
Also Hard luck to Zach https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/09/20/disappointment-for-tuohy-as-geelong-miss-out-on-grand-final-place/
Hopfully we'll be on the same flight home next week for the Laois semis.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 24, 2019, 01:08:55 PM
2 cracking games lined up for the weekend,

portlaoise by a few as portarlington will allow them to play not like the defensive system put in by st josephs (not criticising)

killeshin just by a few also as they will have more physical power and experience than ballyfin
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 24, 2019, 01:10:46 PM
Port v Killeshin. The All Sash Final is one the cards.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on September 24, 2019, 02:47:43 PM
It will be interesting to see how portarlington will approach this . Can't see them going gung-ho at Portlaoise. Has the makings of a very good game but wouldn't count on it . Portarlington by 4 , showing momentum and hunger  which hasn't been evident with The Town so far this year.
Killeshin on paper should have too much experience and power but I wouldn't be writing Ballyfin off . That club is on the up and they have great feel good factor at the moment. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 24, 2019, 07:52:05 PM
This port - Portlaoise game must be the first game in over 10 years in Laois where the majority of the people are expecting Portlaoise not to win. Usually red hot favourites. It should be a right tussle and it has a feel about it that I’ve never felt about a Laois club match in years .
Killeshin should have too much for Ballyfin although there mightn’t be a huge amount in it . With the likes of Eoin Lowry , Evan Lowry, Shane Bolger , Stephen Attride , Michael Doran, David Aston, Adam Deering , Cathal Brennan and maybe even the two McDermotts they could even surprise a few in a final too .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on September 24, 2019, 09:47:59 PM
Ballyfin have really surprised everyone and for good reason are the talk of the county David Connolly at full back has to be worth a go somewhere on a Laois football panel.

Not to mention Sean Moore

Killeshin however will be strong favourites with the boost of half a team home from the states .

They have played more football at a top level and could rattle Port or the Town in the final
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Joeythelips on September 25, 2019, 10:06:54 AM
Has Quirke been ratified yet? Hope he gets to watch the games and all 4 teams do themselves justice.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 25, 2019, 11:33:34 AM
Ballyfin have really surprised everyone and for good reason are the talk of the county David Connolly at full back has to be worth a go somewhere on a Laois football panel.

Not to mention Sean Moore

Killeshin however will be strong favourites with the boost of half a team home from the states .

They have played more football at a top level and could rattle Port or the Town in the final

Who are the 7-8 lads Killeshin have home from the States?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 25, 2019, 12:35:46 PM
Evan Lowry , Joe Lowry , Liam Lowry ,Shane Bolger , Craig Bolger , Adam Deering , Luke Deering , Ryan Deering .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 25, 2019, 01:58:04 PM
Evan Lowry , Joe Lowry , Liam Lowry ,Shane Bolger , Craig Bolger , Adam Deering , Luke Deering , Ryan Deering .
All starters? Thats some amount of lads to pick up.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 25, 2019, 02:32:32 PM
Evan Lowry , Joe Lowry , Liam Lowry ,Shane Bolger , Craig Bolger , Adam Deering , Luke Deering , Ryan Deering .
All starters? Thats some amount of lads to pick up.

I've only heard of 3 of them. I think Laoisabu might be on the wind up there.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on September 25, 2019, 03:17:34 PM
They wouldn't all be starters. Still a good strong panel with subs who can come on and have an impact.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 25, 2019, 04:02:58 PM
So its half the Junior team they have back?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 25, 2019, 04:21:54 PM
I was only joking . Evan Lowry , Adam Deering , Shane Bolger are the ones home from America . Not exactly half a team but three decent lads all the same .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on September 26, 2019, 09:33:25 AM
They certainly made a difference when they got back. Which team will change jerseys or will both have to.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 27, 2019, 07:39:08 PM
Big Sunday ahead...firstly I'd fancy Ballyfin to beat Killeshin .

As for Portlaoise against port , it'll be interesting. Most people have Portlaoise written off which is fine. Port are an excellent team and surely have their eyes on winning it out now, and as I was told during the week a successful Leinster campaign.

That brings its own pressure but to win a county title you need to handle that pressure, It'll be interesting to say the least, talk is pretty cheap .

 Portlaoise haven't played well so far but they haven't been up for any match so far either . They are up for this one.

Whether thats enough Sunday we will see but I believe if
Portlaoise play to their potential they will win. A lot of question marks for Sunday but with the additions to the team from the Josephs game  I trust Portlaoise to get the job done.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laois fan on September 27, 2019, 09:42:42 PM
  😂😂😂😂id love to know what port person was discussing a leinster campaign with you.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 27, 2019, 10:01:48 PM
 Brody plays Portlaoise win,  I don’t think they win without him.  He just sets the pace for them.  I can’t see anyone in Port looking beyond Sunday.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 27, 2019, 10:13:47 PM
  😂😂😂😂id love to know what port person was discussing a leinster campaign with you.
more than 1, and why not ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on September 27, 2019, 10:25:09 PM
No one in port is talking about a Leinster campaign . Mind games being played here by the Portlaoise poster I think .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on September 27, 2019, 10:27:53 PM
No one in port is talking about a Leinster campaign . Mind games being played here by the Portlaoise poster I think .
haha, the match will be fought here through mind games ! Good god, your giving this page more credit than is due.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 29, 2019, 11:21:23 PM
Great stuff in the first match today. Port set a furious gallop and it was noticeable how tired they were in the second half. To their credit, they mustered up the strength to be competitive late in the game. There were some shocking calls by the officials, particularly when Portlaoise had Port cornered. I don't blame Rigney for losing the cool, because that sort of fussiness on the tackle is ridiculous. Maurice didn't help, and nor did an unusually proactive 4th official. Let them at it lads. The less we see of you the better. The flurry of cards looked to me like an attempt to exert control. Sadly he had lost it by then.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 30, 2019, 08:53:49 AM
after all the titles Portlaoise have won it would have been easy for then to throw in the trowel but the hunger they showed to get back into and win the game is a credit to all involved
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The Monument Road on September 30, 2019, 08:54:36 AM
Great excitement In the first game..was hugely impressed with portlaoise. That was the best fight back I've seen from them ever. They have style but they also have serious fight..and Bruno what more can be said about him.
.as for the ref enough said..18 minutes over time combined is a joke. He needed the help of maurice to know who he had previously booked..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 30, 2019, 09:21:18 AM
Tarpey is a fine ref, I wouldn't be too hard on him. He's a wonderful addition to the scene.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 30, 2019, 09:27:22 AM
Must have been an off day for him so  8) It's never justifiable for a coach to go on to the field of play and point the finger, but it was some mess at times.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 30, 2019, 09:44:38 AM
Must have been an off day for him so  8) It's never justifiable for a coach to go on to the field of play and point the finger, but it was some mess at times.
Have you seen much of him? Any player who's played under him would speak highly of him. Anyone can have an off day, but he's much better than the vast majority of what we currently have. More referees coming into the game after finishing playing are to be commended, not chipped at online.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 30, 2019, 09:52:50 AM
I'd say a strong core of the county set up next year will be coming from Portarlington and Portlaoise.

From Portarlington you have Sean Byrne, Paddy O'Sullivan, Robbie Pigott and Colm Murphy. I would also like to see Adam Ryan, Diarmuid Bennett, Keith Bracken and Jason Moore be given opportunities. Hopefully they can show what they're about in the divisional competition.

From Portlaoise then you have Benny Carroll, Graham Brody, David Seale, Brian Glynn and Gareth Dillon. I'd also make claims that Ciaran McEvoy and Frank Flanagan are worthy of places on the panel. Gary Saunders is also very good, but leave him to play U-20 next year. Although Kieran Lillis and Conor Boyle are nice footballers, I'm not sure they have the pace for inter-county anymore.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 30, 2019, 10:03:43 AM
Must have been an off day for him so  8) It's never justifiable for a coach to go on to the field of play and point the finger, but it was some mess at times.
Have you seen much of him? Any player who's played under him would speak highly of him. Anyone can have an off day, but he's much better than the vast majority of what we currently have. More referees coming into the game after finishing playing are to be commended, not chipped at online.

I've seen plenty of him. He had a bad day, and we all have them. Nobody's chipping, and we'd all rather be talking about the football, but that was interrupted by his bad day and decision making. We got the right result in the end, and that's all that really matters. Port's day will come if they stick together
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: the sash on September 30, 2019, 10:09:47 AM
if mick tarpey was the sergeant in portarlington, would he have been allowed to ref that game yesterday?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 30, 2019, 10:10:17 AM
if mick tarpey was the sergeant in portarlington, would he have been allowed to ref that game yesterday?
Leave the mans work out of it, a foolish statement.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on September 30, 2019, 10:11:32 AM
Without having a shot at any ref in particular, I would say the senior football championship is badly missing some of the better refs who are not refereeing this year. Eddie Kinsella and David Moore in particular but I would also say I haven't seen Joe Brennan, Eamonn Strong or John Flynn.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on September 30, 2019, 11:29:43 AM
Thankless job refereeing. Mick Tarpey would be well known as a ref who adds on a lot of injury time and to be fair to him, there was some amount of stuff happening off the ball yesterday. People give out when the linesman don't get involved so when they do, it's hardly fair to whinge too.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 30, 2019, 12:09:30 PM
Thankless job refereeing. Mick Tarpey would be well known as a ref who adds on a lot of injury time and to be fair to him, there was some amount of stuff happening off the ball yesterday. People give out when the linesman don't get involved so when they do, it's hardly fair to whinge too.
theres getting involved and theres getting involved but alot of that game was refed from the sideline by the celebrity ref as mentioned in a previous post
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Batman!!! on September 30, 2019, 12:31:17 PM
The role of the linesman is to assist the referees though. Only for Deegan we would have Keith a bracken playing on while on two yellows. Everyone roars at the lines to do his job but when they do the job they still get abused. So what is their job then?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on September 30, 2019, 12:40:34 PM
O'Moore Park needs a rest  . Overused this year .Having the replay set for Wednesday night in portlaoise again defies logic . The pitch needs a break clearly .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on September 30, 2019, 12:47:08 PM
O'Moore Park needs a rest  . Overused this year .Having the replay set for Wednesday night in portlaoise again defies logic . The pitch needs a break clearly .
Could easily go somewhere like Cretty, Stradbally, or Port even.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: clonadmad on September 30, 2019, 01:24:24 PM
god forbid they would move it out of OMP


I recently asked a couny board official why they couldnt move games around the county to grounds capable of holding games.

I was told "they didnt have the ticketing infrastructure"

 ::)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on September 30, 2019, 01:28:20 PM
Wasn't there a Senior Championship  game in Ratheniska last year or the year before ? I think Josephs and Ballylinan? !
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on September 30, 2019, 01:33:22 PM
god forbid they would move it out of OMP


I recently asked a couny board official why they couldnt move games around the county to grounds capable of holding games.

I was told "they didnt have the ticketing infrastructure"

 ::)

More like the boys out in the country won't let you in for free  ;D Those boys in Cretty are like patrol on the Mexican border
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on September 30, 2019, 01:44:33 PM
Wasn't there a Senior Championship  game in Ratheniska last year or the year before ? I think Josephs and Ballylinan? !

Mountmellick and Ballylinan in first round of the Senior championship back in 2017. The atmosphere was better than in OMP. Don't see the problem with Ballyfin and Killeshin playing the replay in Stradbally or Crettyard.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on September 30, 2019, 02:37:54 PM
senior relegation final this year also outside o moore park
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on September 30, 2019, 03:57:29 PM
Atrocious weather today. OMP should be in a right state Wednesday night.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on October 02, 2019, 12:48:47 AM
They were two right good games and both should have been draws .
Tarpey had a nightmare .
Ballyfin did very well to fight back James Finn was outstanding for them .
Eoin Lowry was excellent too
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 02, 2019, 08:22:47 AM
ballyfin still surprising  - can they pull it off tonight??
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 02, 2019, 10:32:23 AM
Delighted with the Portlaoise win on Sunday, they battled hard without playing superbly but got the job done and justified their win. Portlaoise were written off by so many except those within their own group and to give Port they start they dreamed of in those conditions and win was a good days work. I'm very proud of this team.

I see Kileshin winning tonight, I though Ballyfin initially but I think Kileshin will do it now.

Special mention for Bruno, the word legend is bandied about a lot these days but by god he is a living breathing legend.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on October 02, 2019, 10:50:41 AM
Have to say I was very impressed with Portlaoise's resolve on Sunday . Supremely driven team . Portarlington's day will come , hope they can make the next step . Adam Ryan deserves a shot with the  county .
Killeshin to shade tonight , Eoin Lowry looks be absolutely flying it .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on October 02, 2019, 11:07:03 AM
Wouldn't be 100% sure that Portlaoise have won the county title already. If Killeshin's young lads can perform tonight, then that might give them the confidence to go and really put it up to Portlaoise. Ballyfin won't be simple though.

Killeshin by 4.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 02, 2019, 11:48:35 AM
Have to say I was very impressed with Portlaoise's resolve on Sunday . Supremely driven team . Portarlington's day will come , hope they can make the next step . Adam Ryan deserves a shot with the  county .
Killeshin to shade tonight , Eoin Lowry looks be absolutely flying it .
Evan Lowry was black carded after 5 minutes the last day , he should be a big help tonight .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 02, 2019, 12:56:26 PM
evan will be a big help ok and will be fresh as he was well rested last week but if ballyfin tie up eoin lowry(hard job i know) then there could be another surprise on here
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on October 02, 2019, 09:43:47 PM
Eoin Lowry is a lovely footballer ,has to be regular for Laois next year . Ballyfin gave it all but Killeshin had that too much class .
Classic and novel county final in store .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 02, 2019, 10:00:53 PM
Eoin Lowry is a lovely footballer ,has to be regular for Laois next year . Ballyfin gave it all but Killeshin had that too much class .
Classic and novel county final in store .
Yes eoin best footballer on pitch. Attride top drawer also. Aston worth a look. Forgot about Sean Moore for laois. Finn and Darragh Connolly also worth a look.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on October 03, 2019, 01:05:49 AM
Forgot about Sean Moore ?

Please speak ...

Class operater didn't get much ball still scored a goal and had two men on him at all times .

Killeshin were fresher which is understandable given Ballyfin commitments to both.

Both clubs should take pride in the game provided for the neutrals the crowd there for a stand alone replay game was incredible.

Eoin Lowry is a joy to watch and so unselfish.

A Couple of calls went against Ballyfin as regards 2nd yellows that Killeshin players didnt get (maurice bottled one where he looked at the munber and put the book away)but Ballyfin got away with alot of over carrying in my opinion all in all Killeshin were better and learned much more from the draw game.

Steven Attride is outstanding and such a joy to watch if only Laois had more like him .

Number 3 for Ballyfin has the makings of a county back for Laois.

Darragh Connolly has to be up there for player of the year kept quiet for spells tonight but he lit up the championship in the games I've seen.

I think Killeshin if they can keep their focus after the build up  could run Portlaoise to some sort of a game.

I'm looking forward to it already.

Them boys that came back from the states must be glad now.

Well done to Ballyfin they really provided  some great entertainment to this year and should build from.this .

Killeshin have been making roads for a while and  finally have got there and deserve nothing but credit .

The cute Kerry school teacher might get them over the line yet ? who knows



Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 03, 2019, 08:35:23 AM
sean is a fantastic talent  but unfortunately he is physically not strong enough for top level football when alot of emphasis is now on strength and conditioning, hence i think he is not the man for laois

i know he scored 1-4, the goal was fortunate from a miss kick, fair play to sean he reacted well and all 4 points were from frees.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laois Rising on October 03, 2019, 03:37:59 PM
Why wouldn't you bring Sean back into the set up over the Winter period. He is still young and 6 months of proper strength and conditioning with an inter-county set up could really stand to him. Players with his natural ability are few and far between. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on October 03, 2019, 03:59:37 PM
Intercounty Football is fucked if a player like Moore can't play it.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on October 03, 2019, 08:38:32 PM
unfortunately he is physically not strong enough for top level football when alot of emphasis is now on strength and conditioning, hence i think he is not the man for laois
For the love of Jaysus, bring him into the panel and what's more, don't get rid of him after three or four games in the muck and shite.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Joeythelips on October 07, 2019, 11:10:30 AM
sean is a fantastic talent  but unfortunately he is physically not strong enough for top level football when alot of emphasis is now on strength and conditioning, hence i think he is not the man for laois

i know he scored 1-4, the goal was fortunate from a miss kick, fair play to sean he reacted well and all 4 points were from frees.

This is nonsense, S&C training is the easy side of things. Getting skills is not, if you have a skilfull player and physically strong player you can try and train a player to bulk up over a 5 month period. If you want to get a strong player to get the skills needed to compete it could take years.

If we look around and see players like Jamie Clarke, Rian O'Neill, Cillian O Connor, Mark Collins to name a few who are not exactly body builders and yet all can perform at the highest level.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on October 07, 2019, 10:15:05 PM
His nice club footballer but is not an inter county footballer so stop this silly debate
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on October 07, 2019, 10:27:31 PM
His nice club footballer but is not an inter county footballer so stop this silly debate

I can remember he destroyed Louth there in the U-21 a few years ago. I believe he has the ability to be an inter-county footballer and would be hopeful that some solid S&C work with Laois in pre-season will bring him on.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on October 07, 2019, 10:54:07 PM
It’s not as if the lad hasn’t been given a chance he is a lovely club footballer but I don’t think he is an intercounty player he just doesn’t have the physical aspect to his game like hatch Finlay last year good club men way off intercounty
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on October 07, 2019, 11:08:58 PM
It’s not as if the lad hasn’t been given a chance he is a lovely club footballer but I don’t think he is an intercounty player he just doesn’t have the physical aspect to his game like hatch Finlay last year good club men way off intercounty
Blow it out your hole you w**ker
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 08, 2019, 08:50:47 AM
A remarkable outburst
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on October 08, 2019, 11:16:06 AM
He'll get his chance with Laois under the new  management and I'm pretty sure he'll do just fine .
Killeshin a nice price for Sunday :)
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Gmac on October 08, 2019, 07:54:42 PM
Some players need more time to adjust to speed and physicality of inter county football if he has potential he should get a string of games to play and not be worried about being taken off or dropped what do we have to lose in challenge games and o Byrne cup.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: TheGiantSquid on October 08, 2019, 08:23:59 PM
Mick Dempsey set to be named Joesphs manager next year. Big appointment, will surely add a bit of steel thats missing
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on October 08, 2019, 09:35:14 PM
I wasn’t been smart lads
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on October 08, 2019, 09:36:31 PM
Brilliant appointment for the joes they will fancy it next year
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on October 08, 2019, 11:13:33 PM
Yep that's a serious appointment. Joseph's have a lot of talent and even a decent U-20 team coming through.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 09, 2019, 12:26:53 PM
Great appointment and always good to have clubs coming back to strength. A terrible pity that they destroyed a good relationship with Barrowhouse over one player. An even greater pity that a small club could be treated this way.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 09, 2019, 02:43:28 PM
Leaving Kilkenny to take over St Josephs, will this really happen or is it just a rumour at the moment
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: smcder on October 09, 2019, 04:43:57 PM
Well he is definitely gone from Kilkenny so that part of it is sorted
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 11, 2019, 11:08:38 AM
everyone going for portlaoise at the weekend or anyone any brave enough to take on killeshin.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on October 11, 2019, 11:29:59 AM
everyone going for portlaoise at the weekend or anyone any brave enough to take on killeshin.
Are the Killeshin Pipe Band playing? If so I give it to Killeshin.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The Monument Road on October 11, 2019, 05:46:08 PM
Mick Dempsey set to be named Joesphs manager next year. Big appointment, will surely add a bit of steel thats missing
Due respect but it's silly season rumour time..My rumour on Mick is he has been approached by Croke Park to work with headquarters  as a national coaching coordinator. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The Monument Road on October 11, 2019, 08:01:10 PM
I stand corrected. It's not a rumour at all.. . Joe Higgins is Joseph's new manager with Dempsey as coach and trainer..a serious management team...https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/10/11/dempsey-and-higgins-to-team-up-as-st-josephs-set-to-appoint-new-management-team/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: GAA-SMART on October 13, 2019, 08:25:01 AM
Who do the winners have in the Leinster Championship ?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on October 13, 2019, 12:06:09 PM
Away to the Offaly or Wicklow champions.

Looking forward to a cracker today . Killeshin to shade it .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on October 13, 2019, 06:08:42 PM
They had their chances today to at least take it to a replay. Great effort by them all the same.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 13, 2019, 06:24:59 PM
Shocking game of football. Both intermediate and senior finals not a great advertisement for laois football
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: on the hop on October 13, 2019, 06:52:02 PM
Minor was an excellent game
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Zooming around on October 13, 2019, 07:21:34 PM
Depressing competition. At least our hurling championship is competitive..... and a high standard
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Target Man on October 13, 2019, 07:59:23 PM
Depressing competition. At least our hurling championship is competitive..... and a high standard

Not sure I'd agree with that. Portlaoise  pushed to within one score in last 3 games, excluding replays only one of the games from quarter finals on decided by more than 3 points. 

A good few one sided games in hurling championship, and while it's reasonably competitive the results in Leinster would indicate quality is not as great as we would like to think. R/E are a team though that might change that if they win final
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Batman!!! on October 13, 2019, 08:04:14 PM
Depressing competition. At least our hurling championship is competitive..... and a high standard

Really? You should go to more hurling games in the county so!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on October 13, 2019, 08:11:07 PM
Hopefully a few more new faces from Portlaoise come in this year. Saunders and Flanagan definitely deserve a chance.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The Monument Road on October 13, 2019, 08:25:11 PM
Thought the game was decent. Aston is one I'd love to see in with the seniors.  With a bit of coaching he could be a good half forward his best position I think..... hard luck to Kileshin. Best wishes to Stephen Atride in his new career down under.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on October 13, 2019, 09:11:53 PM
Minor was an excellent game
Agreed. Super game. O'Flynn and Hosey are a brilliant couple of forwards.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: the sash on October 13, 2019, 09:18:42 PM
thought the second half of  today's game was entertaining when killeshin finally had the belief in themselves and just went for it. they caused portlaoise problems when they moved the ball quickly. the first half they were too pedestrian and laborious, the best thing about the first half was when brendan mccann brought it to a close. portlaoise did enough just to win it n had their final pass being a little bit better the game might have been out of sight early in the game. aston and dillon were both making each other and were both very influential  from play for their respective team scoring a few from play each. does niall  rigney wear a maor foirne bib ?because once again he spent more time on the pitch than on the sideline, he does what he wants without being reprimanded
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: town1980 on October 13, 2019, 10:16:07 PM
Kilishin be very proud of the way yee played I am absolutely disgusted with the way we played unfit no aggression not our num one keeper playing slow our manager not even beside his team at the end I won’t comment on how disjointed we were ,, the worst portlaoise performance in years I’m sorta raging  we won to show how bad we are and also it’s showing in the support today for the town utterly shocking sorry rant over
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on October 13, 2019, 11:32:28 PM
Janey
The minor was a cracker. Young o Flynn has some engine in him. Scored 1:04 I think St. Paul’s seem to have a good batch at the moment. Things looking good for courtwood and Emo for the future. That Ballyroan team was dominant all the way up so today was a major shock I think. the future looks good for them too   Young Lawson getting injured hurt them badly but all credit must go to Paul’s for a fine display.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on October 13, 2019, 11:35:10 PM
Kilishin be very proud of the way yee played I am absolutely disgusted with the way we played unfit no aggression not our num one keeper playing slow our manager not even beside his team at the end I won’t comment on how disjointed we were ,, the worst portlaoise performance in years I’m sorta raging  we won to show how bad we are and also it’s showing in the support today for the town utterly shocking sorry rant over
I wouldn’t be too worried pal , you’ll be getting your arses handed to ye In Leinster anyway .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on October 13, 2019, 11:40:13 PM
Town1980 go home to bed and put the phone away :)

Portlaoise the better team with more quality but maybe a little lucky in the end. Killeshin had to come at them in the second half and did but lacked that cutting edge.

Few observations,  killeshin crowd outnumbered the town which frankly is a sad indictment of the football following in Portlaoise for a town it's size . But sure that's another story for a different day.
Saunders is definitely inter county quality.  Whether he committs
Is  another story.
Anyone see Quirke today accompanied by a couple of kerry and laois legends !? Doubt there back room material  😁
I heard Attride is off to Australia which if true will be a huge loss  to Laois And club .
Thought the Minor match had quality , definitely entertaining. 
Not sure who was saying otherwise.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 14, 2019, 07:47:35 AM
Bizarre response Laoisabu. Almost like you welcome that. Portlaoise are of Laois and with your username I'm sure that's not lost on you. Granted the initial post was nonsensical, but seriously.....
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: blueandwhite1 on October 14, 2019, 10:43:43 AM
Kilishin be very proud of the way yee played I am absolutely disgusted with the way we played unfit no aggression not our num one keeper playing slow our manager not even beside his team at the end I won’t comment on how disjointed we were ,, the worst portlaoise performance in years I’m sorta raging  we won to show how bad we are and also it’s showing in the support today for the town utterly shocking sorry rant over

That sums you up. No matter how badly my club play I always take pleasure in them winning. You obviously have no idea of the type of sacrifice that every player and club puts in to entertain the likes of you.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on October 14, 2019, 11:03:17 AM
Big Killeshin Crowd at match silence was eerie at the end of the game, I realize Portlaoise support is small but that was a poor show.  Thought Rogers could have been used earlier but anyway.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: welcomehome on October 14, 2019, 11:33:35 AM
Well said blue and white..Cannot believe that them comments come from a true portlaoise supporter,propably should not be suprised..I no they didnt play well yesterday,but they won and that all that matters to us..Fair play to killeshin,prob should have deserved a draw..The experience won it for us,got the scores when it mattered..
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: portlaoisekid on October 14, 2019, 12:25:07 PM
Proud of the lads yesterday, they dug it out and when their backs were to the wall again they came out winners. Kileshin were very good and well managed.

Leinster is a different animal for portlaoise , tough draw but I feel if cahillane gets back in then portlaoise will drive it on again and hopefully give it a great shot.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on October 14, 2019, 12:27:01 PM
Kilishin be very proud of the way yee played I am absolutely disgusted with the way we played unfit no aggression not our num one keeper playing slow our manager not even beside his team at the end I won’t comment on how disjointed we were ,, the worst portlaoise performance in years I’m sorta raging  we won to show how bad we are and also it’s showing in the support today for the town utterly shocking sorry rant over

That sums you up. No matter how badly my club play I always take pleasure in them winning. You obviously have no idea of the type of sacrifice that every player and club puts in to entertain the likes of you.

He. Is. A. Wind. Up. He. Is. From. Kildare.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on October 14, 2019, 12:28:41 PM
Kilishin be very proud of the way yee played I am absolutely disgusted with the way we played unfit no aggression not our num one keeper playing slow our manager not even beside his team at the end I won’t comment on how disjointed we were ,, the worst portlaoise performance in years I’m sorta raging  we won to show how bad we are and also it’s showing in the support today for the town utterly shocking sorry rant over

That sums you up. No matter how badly my club play I always take pleasure in them winning. You obviously have no idea of the type of sacrifice that every player and club puts in to entertain the likes of you.

Thought we'd established that town1980 is from some shithole like Athy? f**king slagging off the best club team the county has ever seen. Fair enough, they are coming back to the field a bit but I thought they were a good bit the better team yesterday.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Dave like the tv channel on October 14, 2019, 04:52:25 PM
Big Killeshin Crowd at match silence was eerie at the end of the game, I realize Portlaoise support is small but that was a poor show.  Thought Rogers could have been used earlier but anyway.

Eerie is the word. The crowd applauded a small bit, then just left. I'd say there were around 150 people remaining when Portlaoise were lifting the cup. Astonishing really. 21,000 people in the parish and that's their support???

I thought I had predicted a dead-cat bounce for them back in 2016, but I didn't. I thought they were back in the pack after Stradbally won, but they resumed their winning ways. I think the county needs a shake-up. New clubs HAVE to emerge to start winning the senior title and with Portlaoise's (relatively) poor showing in underage football, they should drop back and we can have a football championship with 3/4/5 possible winners. Wouldn't that be great?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on October 14, 2019, 08:33:26 PM
It’s not as if the lad hasn’t been given a chance he is a lovely club footballer but I don’t think he is an intercounty player he just doesn’t have the physical aspect to his game like hatch Finlay last year good club men way off intercounty
Blow it out your hole you w**ker

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Seems an over the top reaction
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on October 15, 2019, 01:29:23 AM
It’s not as if the lad hasn’t been given a chance he is a lovely club footballer but I don’t think he is an intercounty player he just doesn’t have the physical aspect to his game like hatch Finlay last year good club men way off intercounty
Blow it out your hole you w**ker

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Seems an over the top reaction

Not a bit over the top, your insulting schoolboy comments are not funny and I've yet to hear from anyone who takes an interest in anything you say. Why exactly are you on this forum? You contribute nothing of interest to anyone and resort to insulting other posters to get yourself noticed...  WHY ???
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Neutralobserver on October 15, 2019, 08:35:37 AM
apart for the few that make money as in the three pubs in the town there is not a flag to be seen, senior county final - no houses with flags out, gaa pitch in rathleague nothing to say they are in a county final - should be adorned with green and white to encourage younger generation - portlaoise comittee should go to killeshin and see how they decorated the place, granted it was their first but still a senior county final is a senior county final and should mean something to a team to win it. just shows the support a big town has - very little and this does not support a bright future
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: welcomehome on October 15, 2019, 09:11:38 AM
I have never seen such negativity towards a portlaoise team.Not one person has congratulated  them on there great achievement...There are some team to come back year after year with the same hunger.As a portlaoise supporter i am so proud of each and everyone of them.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on October 15, 2019, 11:01:20 AM
I have never seen such negativity towards a portlaoise team.Not one person has congratulated  them on there great achievement...There are some team to come back year after year with the same hunger.As a portlaoise supporter i am so proud of each and everyone of them.

Very true. They deserve plaudits for grinding out the three in a row. I thought their goose was cooked against Portarlington, but they showed what champions are made of to come out on top.

Still, I have a suspicion that Portlaoise's era of dominance in Laois is coming to an end. When was the last time they won a Minor? I think they won an U-21 in 2013, but nothing since.

The likes of St Joseph's and Portarlington should be offering stiff competition over the next few years, while sides like Ballyroan Abbey, Emo and Courtwood won't be too far off either.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 15, 2019, 11:17:45 AM
There are a couple of factors at play here. Most people resent what Portlaoise do in the same way as they resent Dublin. They believe that Portlaoise have far too many players available to them, and that being competitive is hard. They would be right, but here's the flip side of the coin. Portlaoise as a club are financially poor, so it could be argued that as a county and a club, we are not realising what we should from their massive pool of players. Of course the situation isn't helped by the insistence of senior clubs on staying as small entities, and as valiant as it is that Killeshin achieved what they did, it is not sustainable. And that applies to pretty much every club in Laois. There will be peaks, but mostly they will exist in the margins.

Portlaoise are not interested in being divided. I don't blame them for that. It could be argued that they have no real connect with their base, and the pathetic turnout on Sunday would be proof of that. I think we've all seen Rathleague literally thronging with kids and parents, but that doesn't seem to extend to supporting the Senior team. I have to say I don't understand that, because if ever a club was worth supporting, it must surely be Portlaoise, and in particular, that successful team. But no, you will find in Leinster that there as many non Townies as there are Townies supporting Portlaoise. Odd really.

So what is the answer? I don't think we have the answers, because we're not open enough to the idea of amalgamations. Most people would still rather support the local club than Parish sides or a few teams in together. Portlaoise are coming back to the field anyway, so that will keep most people happy. I'm not sure if that is going to have much effect on the quality, but that isn't a priority for most people who just want to see a different side winning the Championship. Portlaoise have failed to increase their own standards, and that's partly their own fault too. The Intermediates remain a bit of a wasteland, and for all their great ex players, I'm, not even sure that the Intermediates are training or are trained properly. That is one small fix they could make that wouldn't cost them the earth. On a broader note, the CB need to invest in Portlaoise, The attrition rate is huge, and lest we forget, this town represents approximately one third of our county's population. It is obvious that people feel disenfranchised enough to walk away, and that's something we need to stop. I have always believed that Portlaoise should have its own full time development officer, and I know that isn't going to be a popular suggestion.
 

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laois fan on October 15, 2019, 03:05:24 PM
Any club can hire its own development officer if they can come  up with half the funds ,bud no way should laois provide plaois with one for free
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 15, 2019, 03:23:10 PM
I respectfully disagree. With a third of the county's population in Portlaoise, it is clear we're not maximising the potential. If the side effect is worrying about making Portlaoise more powerful, then that for me is a price worth paying.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laois fan on October 15, 2019, 03:58:15 PM
Plaois can pay 10000 and get 20 hrs of a  development officer  a week which would help massively in the schools and something I have  zero problem with,but let them fund it themselves they had no problem paying for flights back from australia for years
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: clonadmad on October 15, 2019, 04:13:19 PM
I’ve no issue with a full time dual GDA being appointed for Portlaoise Parish,It did form part of the strategic review.

I also would have no issue with a GDA covering the other urban areas in Laois also.


We currently have funding in place for 5 GDA’s across the county with only 3 positions currently filled.

From talking to those heavily involved in Juvenile development,7 would be ideal.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 15, 2019, 04:31:48 PM
It makes sense really. Particularly in Portlaoise, it is obvious that we are losing the battle to keep players playing beyond a certain point. That's not something we should allow to continue
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on October 15, 2019, 04:41:28 PM
I don't think we should ignore the fact that Portlaoise as the cardinal urban area needs attention.
It is worth noting that this is how the discussion re Dublin in the wider GAA began a number of years ago.

Ignoring it is cutting our noses off to spite our face, go full hog and we might just create a monster.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SpeculativeEffort on October 15, 2019, 05:44:57 PM
If we are serious about maximising the potential of Portlaoise we need a strong county board willing to buy land and form at least one more GAA club in the town. Schools need to be designated to that club.eg Knockmay.  Putting nearly every child in Portlaoise into one primary school (Holy Family) is a major hindrance and an example of poor planning in a much broader sense but it can be done. Portlaoise is only getting bigger and one club will not suffice.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 15, 2019, 06:03:41 PM
I don't think we should ignore the fact that Portlaoise as the cardinal urban area needs attention.
It is worth noting that this is how the discussion re Dublin in the wider GAA began a number of years ago.

Ignoring it is cutting our noses off to spite our face, go full hog and we might just create a monster.

Most of the problems in the GAA are numbers related. There are too many matches and too many clubs in general, and not enough referees to officiate. In the context of Portlaoise, splitting them up is not the answer, but amalgamating around them is. We already have the solution at underage, and bizarrely, we walk away from it once players hit a certain age. We should be running our games to make ourselves better, but it seems to me we are waiting for the thing to level out. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Portbush on October 15, 2019, 06:05:46 PM
Portlaoise and Newbridge are towns of similar size. Where Newbridge has two successful senior football clubs both side have men on kildare panel.it works in Newbridge why not portlaoise. Myself I’m live in a town and everyone thinks because of the population it’s easy to raise money but it’s not we have a lot of competition from other sports within the town. Soccer swimming rugby tennis golf there just a few clubs I can name more.even outside football clubs.maybe if portlaoise and my own club Portarlington where debt free we would have the money to pay these coaches.for the Likes  of us and portlaoise in order to develop we had to buy  Land or move ground.we All know land in a town is far more expensive that land out in rural areas.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on October 16, 2019, 12:06:58 AM
As I said, be careful what you wish for!!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on October 16, 2019, 08:27:44 AM
Portlaoise and Newbridge are towns of similar size. Where Newbridge has two successful senior football clubs both side have men on kildare panel.it works in Newbridge why not portlaoise. Myself I’m live in a town and everyone thinks because of the population it’s easy to raise money but it’s not we have a lot of competition from other sports within the town. Soccer swimming rugby tennis golf there just a few clubs I can name more.even outside football clubs.maybe if portlaoise and my own club Portarlington where debt free we would have the money to pay these coaches.for the Likes  of us and portlaoise in order to develop we had to buy  Land or move ground.we All know land in a town is far more expensive that land out in rural areas.

These clubs were founded over 100 years ago. There is no appetite for change in Portlaoise, so who is going to set up a second club and who would want to play for it? The problem here doesn't need to be halved or quartered. There are perfectly good foundations in Laois and Portlaoise, but we choose to give Portlaoise a free ride by trying to compete with them as small clubs. It's once in a blue moon stuff, just like county level. Numbers will always win out in the long term, because the chances of getting a better team are increased with a bigger pick. The problem for the GAA and Portlaoise in this context is wastage. How many players are slipping through the cracks because resources are scarce or there's very little interest for older players if they're not on the Senior team.

Proportionately speaking, Laois is not getting enough from Portlaoise and they're not doing enough outside Laois for the size of club that they are. I believe there's enough in all that for us to worry about, but I'm fairly sure that most people just want them to come back to the field.