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Title: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: The PRO on September 13, 2020, 06:19:34 PM
Don't think there's a thread.

Just wondering, as I don't know the background, why this Colt Shanahoe amalgamation hasn't worked out? Would have thought two intermediate or senior B teams joining would have had a huge shot at the senior B championship.
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: burdizzo on September 13, 2020, 07:31:37 PM
Two average teams joining up won't necessarily produce anything above average unless there are 'big' (good county-standard) players on each side. And so it has proved.
However, they may stick at it since they both have barely anything coming through underage. In fact, even as an amalgamation, they'll be hard pressed to be where they are in 10 years time, so little have they coming on.
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: The PRO on September 13, 2020, 10:39:50 PM
Two average teams joining up won't necessarily produce anything above average unless there are 'big' (good county-standard) players on each side. And so it has proved.
However, they may stick at it since they both have barely anything coming through underage. In fact, even as an amalgamation, they'll be hard pressed to be where they are in 10 years time, so little have they coming on.
Fair enough. Just that you'd imagine replacing the weaker half or third or whatever of one of the clubs with the best of the other club should have at least produced some result. They were probably more affected by Covid by most other clubs you'd imagine?
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: Keyser Söze on September 13, 2020, 11:30:58 PM
If you could add in Chris Murray & Leigh Bergin you’d have a serious improvement.
Interestingly a guy who had been very involved with their underage teams for the past 5/6 years is doing very well with a different club at this grade. Who is coaching Colt Shanahoe?
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: BallyroanAbu on September 13, 2020, 11:50:17 PM
My belief is Shanahoe & Colt have made the right choice, the problem with amalgamations is that they generally come about for the wrong reasons notably some sort of instantaneous success.  Good teams are a numbers game and two small clubs struggling will improve for be able to provide a solid juvenile base with one team.  I am not predicting major success but this amalgamation offers  a way forward to both clubs in the long term.
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: Keyser Söze on September 13, 2020, 11:51:21 PM
Ye it’s hard to argue with that.
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: Heshs Umpire on September 15, 2020, 03:46:07 PM
The Harps must be strong favourites to win this?
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: redsetanta on September 15, 2020, 03:47:27 PM
Are they not one of the favourites every year Hesh?
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: Heshs Umpire on September 15, 2020, 05:41:00 PM
Are they not one of the favourites every year Hesh?
They sure are. I just think there's no-one as strong as Rosenallis in it this year and they should finally get over the line.
Title: Re: Laois Intermediate Hurling Championship 2020  
Post by: burdizzo on September 15, 2020, 08:14:44 PM
Last time Portlaoise played them in a final, they were roughed out of it!
But, I agree, Harps should win it.