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Title: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 18, 2007, 09:58:00 AM
Right lads and lassies I going to run a predictions competition covering all the main championships. Record your predicted winner for each of the championships by cutting and pasting below and I will provide 2 All Ireland Hurling/Football final tickets for the winner. Only kidding it's just a bit of craic.

Here's my go-

Senior Football: Rostrevor
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Ballyholland
Intermedate Hurling: Shamrocks

Junior Football: John Bosco
Junior Hurling: Ballycran

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo
Reserve Football: Bredagh

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on July 18, 2007, 12:00:31 PM
Senior Football: Mayobridge
Mayobridge are still the team to beat. Kilcoo, Castlewellan, Rostrevor, Burren & Bryansford are all contenders when you look at the draw but it's the Bridge I'll have my money on.

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget
Ballygalget to win it and if Matin Coulter is fit they'll Ulster a rattle too.

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Ballyholland are one of the best footballing teams in the competition. Another one is Saval. But the best footballing team doesn't always win the championship. I'm going for Downpatrick.

Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran
Don't know much about it but I reckon they are as good a bet as any.

Junior Football: Drumaness
Too good for Division 4 and if they keep their soccer lads on board they can win the double. Bosco & Mitchel's are the main threats.

Junior Hurling: Ballela
Only Division 1 team in the competition and they have a good draw.

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge
The Bridge have stenght in depth and can win this one as well as the SFC if the stay injury free.

Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Bredagh? You're having a laugh Bacon! This is always won by teams from South Down.

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: bridgegael on July 18, 2007, 12:10:16 PM
Senior Football: mayobridge
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Ballyholland
Intermedate Hurling: shamrocks

Junior Football: John Bosco
Junior Hurling: Balella

Premier Reserve Football: mayobridge
Reserve Football: Burren

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 18, 2007, 01:47:21 PM


Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Bredagh? You're having a laugh Bacon! This is always won by teams from South Down.

No I'm not! I put them in because they're top of the East Down league. I'll bow to your knowledge on reserve football. Personnally I know SFA about it. It was just a guess not a hot tip!!  ;)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on July 18, 2007, 02:12:41 PM
Senior Football: Mayobridge

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Saval

Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran

Junior Football: Bosco

Junior Hurling: Ballela

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge

Reserve Football: Burren
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on July 18, 2007, 04:13:47 PM

Senior Football: Kilcoo
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Intermedate Hurling:  No idea,

Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo
Reserve Football: Burran
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on July 18, 2007, 10:20:25 PM
Senior Football: Mayobridge
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Saval
Intermedate Hurling:  Liatroim

Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge
Reserve Football: Burren
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on July 19, 2007, 12:14:52 PM
Heres my guess, but I have no clue whatsoever about the hurling!

Senior Football: Kilcoo


Intermediate Football: Saval


Junior Football: Bosco


Premier Reserve Football: Burren


Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: thewobbler on July 19, 2007, 01:27:31 PM
No point in me entering my hurling predictions, as I don't know one end from the other.

SFC: Mayobridge folk won't like me saying it, but I'd love to see a new name on the cup - so it's a shame they have effectively got a bye in the first round. If the 'Bridge are going to be vulnerable, it's early doors. By the time the quarter-finals come around, their county men will be well and truly back in the fold and they'll take some stopping then. Should someone shock the 'Bridge, it really could go to any of ten teams  - and I'd rate Longstone as the team to watch then. The 'Stone don't have the physical power to trump the Sky Blues, but with them out of the equation, the pace of Longstone's forwards would overrun most sides. They also have something of a bye into the quarters. The only teams I could see beating Mayobridge though are Kilcoo or Loughinisland. To take on the 'Bridge in the Championship, you have to move the ball quickly and directly, be able to dominate midfield, and stop them scoring goals. Kilcoo are short a little power and 'Island are short a little class, but if everything clicked on the day, they just about could. I also fancy Annaclone will cause a shock over Rostrevor in round one.

IFC: This is brewing as the most competitive IFC I can ever remember. Each out of Saval, Ballyholland, Downpatrick and Ballymartin could make a strong case and they all avoid each other in round one. As it'll take at least 2 shock results for anyone else to get close, with the exception of Kilclief, none of the other teams should factor. Saval's league form will see them start as marginal favourites, but in facing Kilclief in Round 1, they'll need to start with a bang. The Strangford men actually have the physical presence to compete with Saval's plethora of six-footers, and have the forwards to capitalise should they break even or better at midfield. Don't rule out a replay there. Ballymartin are also a big side, and these days are playing a lovely, confident brand of football. They will fear nobody, but this might be a year too soon for them. Downpatrick and Ballyholland are the more inconsistent of the big four. Ballyholland can at least pass off some of that inconsistency to playing so many games without their county duo, which later became a trio. Hoops suffer from town team tendencies, but having won this a couple of years ago, can obviously still mobilise the troops when the time comes. You guess is as good as mine.

JFC: This title has a habit of going to Division IV form teams rather than Division III strugglers, but having forced their way into a top-four berth in the third, Bosco really do look a standout bet. Drumaness are the runaway Division IV leaders, so have to be respected, while if Bright can field all their former Downpatrick men (who were formerly Bright men), they'll be hard enough to beat. Hardest clash for Bosco though would probably be against fellow Newry men the Mitchels, who aren't as good a side, but would be so well up for it.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: bcarrier on July 19, 2007, 04:47:10 PM
Senior Football: Mayobridge
Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge
Reserve Football: Mayobridge
Intermediate Football: Ballyholland
Junior Football: Bosco


Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Brick Tamlin on July 20, 2007, 10:13:55 AM
Senior Football: Due to sh*te standard of club football has to be the Bridge. If not Longstone are my outside bet.

Premier Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Reserve Football: Burren
Intermediate Football: Saval Or Ballymartin
Junior Football:
Bosco
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on July 20, 2007, 10:30:04 AM
No point in me entering my hurling predictions, as I don't know one end from the other.

SFC: Mayobridge folk won't like me saying it, but I'd love to see a new name on the cup - so it's a shame they have effectively got a bye in the first round. If the 'Bridge are going to be vulnerable, it's early doors. By the time the quarter-finals come around, their county men will be well and truly back in the fold and they'll take some stopping then. Should someone shock the 'Bridge, it really could go to any of ten teams  - and I'd rate Longstone as the team to watch then. The 'Stone don't have the physical power to trump the Sky Blues, but with them out of the equation, the pace of Longstone's forwards would overrun most sides. They also have something of a bye into the quarters. The only teams I could see beating Mayobridge though are Kilcoo or Loughinisland. To take on the 'Bridge in the Championship, you have to move the ball quickly and directly, be able to dominate midfield, and stop them scoring goals. Kilcoo are short a little power and 'Island are short a little class, but if everything clicked on the day, they just about could. I also fancy Annaclone will cause a shock over Rostrevor in round one.



De ja vu from last year here - Longstone havent a hope of winning the championship, you all predicted them last year to beat the bridge but a five minute spell midway through the first half put paid to that. I remember talking to Tom O'Hare at half time that night and he said 'no other team are as clinical as the bridge'! I fear it will again prove the case come October but to see another team come through would help Down football no end.
On our own club - Shane King & Kalum King have returned to the fold over the holiday period along with Brian McVeigh returning from Australia it is a great boost - dont forget these three started the 2003 final and with K King and McVeigh still only 23 they will provide a option in midfield and half back respectively, Shane will be utilised most probably at full forward where his experience will help young Brannigan and Maginn. I therefore predict Bryansford as the dark horse this year. 
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 20, 2007, 10:54:56 AM
I thought there'd be more interst in this but I suppose it's the holidays.  Here's the predictions so far:

SFC
Mayobridge 6
Kilcoo 2
Rostrevor 1
Bryansford 1

SHC
Ballygalget 7

IFC
Saval 3
Ballyholland 3
Downpatrick 2

IHC
Shamrocks 2
Ballycran 2
Liatroim 1

JFC
Bosco 9
Drumaness 1

JHC
Ballela 3
Bredagh 2
Ballycran 1

PRFC
Mayobridge 5
Kilcoo 2
Burren 1
Rostrevor 1

RFC
Burren 5
Rostrevor 1
Bredagh 1
Mayobridge 1
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Flat Hedgehog on July 20, 2007, 11:30:31 AM
Senior Football: Kilcoo
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Carryduff
Intermedate Hurling: Ballygalget

Junior Football: Drumaness
Junior Hurling: Ballela

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge
Reserve Football: Burren

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on July 20, 2007, 12:23:40 PM


Quote
De ja vu from last year here - Longstone havent a hope of winning the championship, you all predicted them last year to beat the bridge but a five minute spell midway through the first half put paid to that. I remember talking to Tom O'Hare at half time that night and he said 'no other team are as clinical as the bridge'!


I wouldnt be so sure of that, if you look at league form over the last few years Longstones record against the Bridge is better than most other teams achive.  On the other hand we all know that the Bridge seem to save their best form for the Championship.

On another point, has anyone saw Ballymartin playing lately in Division 2?  They seem to be on a roll at present, can anyone shed any light?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: thewobbler on July 20, 2007, 12:56:13 PM
Ballymartin are big, strong and athletic and wouldn't look out of place against the bottom half of the first division. They've unearthed a big midfielder (called Darren Maggenis or Darren Cunningham) and he has a very useful partnership alongside Pat Greene. The night we played them, Darren O'Hanlon and Pete Fitzpatrick were wing-forwards. They are two powerful athletes, and they destroyed us by themselves -taking ball at midfield, and striding forward. John Fitzpatrick was also very impressive, and very unselfish, as a target man. I don't think they're as strong defensively as they are going forward, but we didn't really test this out until the final ten minutes of that game.

Spirit - I'd say Bryansford have the best pick of players in the county outside of Mayobridge, but any time I've seen them over the past few seasons, they seemed a little disorganised and little disinterested. Against Mayobridge in the 2005 final, they didn't seem to know whether they were a ball-carrying team, or a long-passing team through the target man (Grubber). In the end, they were neither, and resorted to lumping the ball long and aimlessly after working it out of defence. Against Burren last year, they offered absolutely nothing and seemed hopelessly intent on getting the ball into young Brannigan, who was getting skinned. Pete Travers (great keeper by the way) also seems to suffer from Mickey McVeigh syndrome (kick it in the same direction every time). When you've the likes of Shields, McLaughlin and Ireland floating about, I wondered why.  I haven't seen them this year under the new management team, so maybe those problems have been rectified.

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on July 20, 2007, 01:23:40 PM
Ballymartin are big, strong and athletic and wouldn't look out of place against the bottom half of the first division. They've unearthed a big midfielder (called Darren Maggenis or Darren Cunningham) and he has a very useful partnership alongside Pat Greene. The night we played them, Darren O'Hanlon and Pete Fitzpatrick were wing-forwards. They are two powerful athletes, and they destroyed us by themselves -taking ball at midfield, and striding forward. John Fitzpatrick was also very impressive, and very unselfish, as a target man. I don't think they're as strong defensively as they are going forward, but we didn't really test this out until the final ten minutes of that game.

Spirit - I'd say Bryansford have the best pick of players in the county outside of Mayobridge, but any time I've seen them over the past few seasons, they seemed a little disorganised and little disinterested. Against Mayobridge in the 2005 final, they didn't seem to know whether they were a ball-carrying team, or a long-passing team through the target man (Grubber). In the end, they were neither, and resorted to lumping the ball long and aimlessly after working it out of defence. Against Burren last year, they offered absolutely nothing and seemed hopelessly intent on getting the ball into young Brannigan, who was getting skinned. Pete Travers (great keeper by the way) also seems to suffer from Mickey McVeigh syndrome (kick it in the same direction every time). When you've the likes of Shields, McLaughlin and Ireland floating about, I wondered why.  I haven't seen them this year under the new management team, so maybe those problems have been rectified.

Wobbler, they still arent the finished article but Big Burns has made a few changes to the way they play. He has made it his plan to save young Conor Maginn returning from injury too early and has also spoke about what his team will be like when his 'hand is full'.He also has utilised another young lad, Timmy Hanna, very well to date as a left half forward - he has alot of pace and skill and if McVeigh slots back in at LHB then this wing will be full of attacking at pace. Kalum King will hold the key at midfield for Carville.

Benny stayed on too long with the Ford and really should have departed on the back of 2003, although he thought another Championship was there for the taking but really he had lost the dressing room by 2005.
Eamonn will be gunning for Benny on the 10th August, no fear!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Johnnie99 on July 20, 2007, 01:43:34 PM
Senior Football: Kilcoo, dont want to be predictable and go with Mayobridge so went for East Down gamble!

Intermediate Football: Saval

Junior Football: Bosco, just dont see Drumaness being strong enough to cope with them.

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge

Reserve Football: Burren

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on July 23, 2007, 08:28:36 AM
Colonel Cool

Senior Football: Mayobridge
I think they are still the best team in the county and should win the championship again. Iíd like to see Kilcoo win though. It must be a brave while since they won it. Bryansford could be an outside bet.


Senior Hurling: Ballycran
Ballygalget and Portaferry have too many injuries and will have even more after they hammer the sh1te out of each other in the semi final. The crans have been very close for a number of years and Iím convinced theyíll pull it off this year.  Good to see that common sense has prevailed at County Board level and the SHC Final is not now going to Newry.


Intermediate Football: Ballyholland
Iíve been told they are a good footballing side and with their county men back should do well. Iíd like to see Carryduff do well but they seem to have slipped back a wee bit this year.

Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran
Ballycran meet Shamrocks in the first round and I reckon the winner of that tie will win this championship. The crans beat Newry by 9 pts in the league a couple of weeks ago. It will be a lot tighter in the championship but Ballycran will pull through and go on to beat Ports in the semi & Liatroim in the final. Revenge for last year.

Junior Football: Newry Bosco
Any team thatís in the top 4 in Div 3 shouldnít be in the JFC.
Theyíll win it easy.

Junior Hurling: Ballela
Has to be Ballela. They have a really easy draw and the hard experience of playing in Div 1 for the past 3 years will do them the world of good when they drop down a level for the championship. Bredagh & Ballycran are the best teams in Div 2 but theyíll meet in a semi final if they both get through tough Q/F matches. Thereís a big gap between Div 1 and Div 2 and Ballela will prove that by winning with something to spare.

Premier Reserve Football: Castlewellan
Itís time East Down won this again. Castlewellan are making a big effort this year and will be strong. They have an easy draw against Kilclief who are heading for the East Down league. Theyíll get past them easy enough an then who knows.

Reserve Football: Attical
Good solid team of mountain men from the top of the Mournes who get a bye in the first round. Just an outside punt.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: johnneycool on July 23, 2007, 09:46:26 AM
Colonel Cool



Senior Hurling: Ballycran
Good to see that common sense has prevailed at County Board level and the SHC Final is not now going to Newry.


Where's it fixed for now Colonel?

I hope the semi's aren't scheduled for a saturday throw in or we might have the Ports throwing the toys out of the pram if BA Convery has to race across the north after playing for the other 'Ports'
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on July 23, 2007, 11:44:16 AM
It will depend who is in the final so probably Ballygalget  ;)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on July 23, 2007, 04:02:49 PM
Senior Football: Mayobridge

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Ballymartin

Intermedate Hurling: Liatroim

Junior Football:  Bosco

Junior Hurling: Ballela

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo

Reserve Football: Burren
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 24, 2007, 11:44:04 AM
Here's the predictions so far:

SFC
Mayobridge 8
Kilcoo 4
Rostrevor 1
Bryansford 1

SHC
Ballygalget 9
Ballycran 1

IFC
Saval 4
Ballyholland 4
Downpatrick 2
Carryduff 1
Ballymartin 1

IHC
Ballycran 3
Shamrocks 2
Liatroim 2
Ballygalget 1

JFC
Bosco 12
Drumaness 2

JHC
Ballela 6
Bredagh 2
Ballycran 1

PRFC
Mayobridge 7
Kilcoo 3
Burren 1
Rostrevor 1
Castlewellan 1

RFC
Burren 8
Rostrevor 1
Bredagh 1
Mayobridge 1
Attical 1


Clear favorites for most but the Intermediate football and hurling both look wide open.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: jpmac on July 24, 2007, 02:22:38 PM
SFC=Burren
IFC=Kilclief
JFC=Bosco

IHC=Ballycran
JHC=Bredagh

PRFC=Burren

RFC=Rostrevor
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 25, 2007, 03:06:35 PM
Are any local bookies offering odds on the Down championships?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: DownFanatic on July 25, 2007, 04:04:12 PM
Hurling is a foreign language to me so here is my football predictions:

SFC: Kilcoo, Burren and Bryansford are the main challengers but Mayobridge have it in them to pull off another victory.

IFC: The usual names like Saval, Ballyholland and Downpatrick have been bandied about but I have a feeling that one out of Kilclief or Ballymartin will take the trophy. More than likely the Lilywhites.

JFC: Drumaness are coasting Division 4. Teams arent even getting close to them. People are tipping Bosco for this but they will be found out. Drumaness to win it hands down with Bright lurking about.

PRFC: Rostrevor to be crowned champs with Kilcoo and Mayobridge being close bets.

RFC: Burren have the strength in depth and have a knack of doing well in this competition. Don't rule out Bredagh though. They have a knack of grabbing players from obscurity at just the right times.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on July 26, 2007, 07:38:17 AM
Are any local bookies offering odds on the Down championships?
You usually get bookies offering odds on the SFC from the Q/Fs on. I thnk Toals, Hughes and Eastwoods would all do that. One of the bookies down the Ards might offer a price on the SHC.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: johnneycool on July 26, 2007, 08:51:38 AM
Are any local bookies offering odds on the Down championships?
You usually get bookies offering odds on the SFC from the Q/Fs on. I thnk Toals, Hughes and Eastwoods would all do that. One of the bookies down the Ards might offer a price on the SHC.

Toals in Portaferry and Terry Foxes in Kircubbin take bets on the hurling championship.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 26, 2007, 09:37:42 AM
IHC starts this weekend.  I'd price it like this based on the draw. Portaferry's bye shortens their odds:

Liatroim 5/6
Portaferry 5/4
Ballygalget 7/4
Newry 9/4
Ballycran 9/4
Kilclief 8/1
Ballyvarley 16/1
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Pull Hard Hes No Relation on July 26, 2007, 11:08:58 AM
My predictions are

Senior Hurling - Ballycran, I think the recent "rucus" in the camp will do them the world of good and they have the advantage of getting the juniors in the first round which gives them a gap of almost six-eight weeks to really prepare to meet the winners of Portaferry and Ballygalget. Think that the injuries the Ports have will come back to haunt them while Ballygalgets chances will every much hang on how Magic recovers from injury (if he does) so on balance it points to the Crans breaking their famine.

Intermediate - Hard to call obviously think that the winner of the Ballycran and Newry game could have a good say in this but reality is that if Ballycran win on Sunday they may have one or two players unavailable for the semi final due to subsequently playing in the Senior championship. That is what happened last year they beat Newry but by the time they played Liatriom had lost 3-4 of their starting 15 so if the same happened this year you would say that Liatriom would run out eventual winners. Don't see the Ports winning as I think they will have to "plug" too many gaps in their senior team due to injuries to have a realistic chance of winning while Ballygalget haven't really impressed all year.
In balance I expect the winner of the Newry/Ballycran game (could go either way) to play Liatriom in the final with it being a toss up for the winner, possibly Liatriom would be favourites.

Junior - Three teams in contention here namely Bredagh (who left it behind them last year), Ballea and Ballycran. Hard to know what the story will be with the Crans, they could decide they have a better chance of winning this than the intermedaite and line out their teams accordingly if they did and kept some of their players for the Junior championship then they would be favourites but don't know whether they will go for this or not.
If the Crans don't adopt that approach then I exepct Bredagh and Ballea to contest the final, this will be a lot closer than people think as Bredagh aren't a bad side at all although they depend heavily on some of their older lads to pull them through. In saying that Bredagh have a better balanced team than Ballea who rely heavily on some outstanding hurlers in Mal Magee, Johnny and Dan Mc Cusker although the likes of Doran, Mc Cann and Cosgrove are handy hurlers too. Expect it to be really close but Ballea just to shade it if Jonny and Mal hit form on a dry day.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on July 26, 2007, 01:34:50 PM
I think you've prettty much hit the nail on the head there with your summation of both Int and Junior Championships, but i think it might be a year or two too soon for the Crans in the senior. Bacon i think your being a bit generous with Kilclief and Ballyvarleys odds, Jimmy O' Reilly left kilclief there a while back which is saying something when he stuck with us (ballela) for the duration of last season even though the majority of training seasons had only 8-12 players. Ballyvarley are complete rank outsiders, I would put them at a generous 16/1 to beat ballygalget never mind win the competition(and thats not even considering parochial bias :P).
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on July 27, 2007, 10:49:16 AM
If Drumgath are in Division 3 how are they playing in ther senior championship?  Im guessing they might have won the intermediate recently, but could someone clarify this?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 27, 2007, 10:57:51 AM
They won it last year. Major upset when they beat Attical in the final.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: T O Hare on July 27, 2007, 02:04:44 PM
SFC-Mayobridge
IFC- Ballyholland
JFC- Bosco
PRFC- Mayobridge
RFC- Mayobridge
MFC - Rostrevor
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on July 27, 2007, 02:06:17 PM
Still living on your Da's reputation I see!  ;D  ;)
Title: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: 5 Sams on July 27, 2007, 02:23:40 PM
Welcome back young O'Hare...I take it you recovered from your resounding defeat in the X Factor ;)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: orangeman on July 28, 2007, 05:53:53 PM
Can't see anybody beating Mayobridge -
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Pangurban on July 28, 2007, 11:58:56 PM
Loughinisland a good outside bet for SFC.  Take a flyer on Aughlasnafin for Junior
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on July 30, 2007, 10:47:08 AM
Loughinisland a good outside bet for SFC.  Take a flyer on Aughlasnafin for Junior
I'll eat my hat if Aughlisnafin win a game never mind the JFC!

Myself and Bridgegael picked Shamrocks for the IHC so we can't get a full set.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on August 02, 2007, 08:55:45 PM
Saturday 4th August   6.30pm   Port An Pheire (Portaferry)   v   Baile Mhic Uileagoid (Ballygalget)   Ballycran   D Caughey
Sunday 5th August   2pm   Caislean an Mhuillin (Castlewellan)   v   Bredach (Bredagh)   Kilclief   C Coulter
Sunday 5th August   2pm   Baile Crann (Ballycran)   v   Rinn Mhic Giolla Rua (Warrenpoint)   Downpatrick   N Morgan
Tuesday 7th August   7.30pm   Cluain Daimh (Clonduff)   v   Baile Aileach (Ballela)   Liatroim   K McGuinness


Junior Hurling this weekend.
Castlewellan have prepared well after a poor start to the league and I think they'll take Bredagh by 3 points. Bredagh play like individuals whereas Castlewellan at full strenght are a team. Div 1 experience is priceless at this level.

Ballycran to beat the Point by 10. Warrenpoint have done great work at underage and their time will come. But not this year.

Ballela are considedered by all to be favorites but I think they will struggle to field a strong team. McCambridge & Murphy are away on holidays because they were told the match was fixed for last night. They are missing others too. Clonduff played very well earlier in the leage and I predict an upset - Clonduff to win.

Portaferry will beat Ballygalget on Saturday in Ballycran but neither will win the championship. Potaferry's IHC team haven't played yet and Growler picked a strong team for Ballygalget. I have to go for the Ports in this game but weather on not they can win the championship I don't know.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on August 03, 2007, 08:48:46 AM
Colonel - I'd be very surprised if Clonduff beat Ballela, even if they are missing a few. It's Ballela for me by 7/8 pts.
I agree that Ballycran will beat Warrenpoint but not by much.

Probably Portaferry in the ards match for the reasons you point out. I hope to get down to this one on Saturday evening.

Bredagh/Castlewellan is hard to call. Bredagh beat a weakened Castlewellan in the league but this game will be much closer. Bredagh by 2 points.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on August 03, 2007, 01:43:41 PM
The Ballela match is in Liatroim on Sunday with a time tba, more than likely 2pm. Myself & the two aforementioned names are away on holidays, althought the other two may have been dropped anyway. We have exactly 15 players. If someone could stick the score up it would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 03, 2007, 04:32:49 PM
Is the Ballela/Clonduff match on Sunday? I thought it was moved to Tuesday but I see Liatroim hurlers are at home on Tuesday night.

Ballela will beat Clonduff well no matter when it's played, so long as they field and don't suffer any injuries.

Castlewellan will beat Bredagh who haven't been that convincing recently. They really did let it slip last year.

Ballycran will cruise passed Warrenpoint and I take Ballygalget to beat Portaferry.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on August 05, 2007, 07:19:19 PM
JHC results
Portaferry 1-16 0-10 Ballygalget
Bredagh 4-18  0-03 Castlewellan
Ballela 3-15  0-04 Clonduff
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 06, 2007, 08:09:01 AM
Football Championships start on Monday and I hope it's better than the hurling which was mostly one-sided.
Here's my predictions.

Thursday 9th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Clonduff, Kilcoo v Liatroim - Kilcoo

Friday 10th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Atticall, Clonduff v Bryansford- Bryansford

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm Castlewellan, Glenn v Downpatrick - Downpatrick

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Dundrum, Saval v Kilclief - Kilcief

Saturday 11th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newcastle, Shamrocks v Loughinisland- Loughinisland

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newcastle, An Riocht v Castlewellan - An Riocht

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 5pm in Downpatrick, Teconnaught v Dundrum - Dundrum

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 6.30pm in Downpatrick, Carryduff v Bredagh - Carryduff

Sunday 12th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newry, Burren v Warrenpoint - Burren

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newry, Drumgath v Longstone - Longstone

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 1pm in St. Johns, Darragh Cross v Clann Na Banna - Darragh Cross

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 2.30pm in An Riocht, Ballyholland v Glasdrumman - Glasdrumman

Monday 13th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Burren, Mayobridge v Atticall - Mayobridge

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Rostrevor v Annaclone  - Rostrevor

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Ballykinlar, Saul v Ballymartin - Ballymartin

Tuesday 14th August

 ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Kilcoo, Tullylish v Ardglass - Tullylish

JFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Bosco v Dromara - Bosco

JFC 7.30pm in Glenn, Mitchels v St. Michaels - St Michael's

JFC 7.30pm in Carryduff, St. Pauls v Drumaness - Drumaness
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on August 07, 2007, 01:15:36 AM
Looking at Bacons predictions the big match of the first rounds is the local Derby between Carryduff and Bredagh, Bacon has went for the Duff to beat Bredagh, why?

what do the rest of you think?

for the neutrals and unenlightened amongst you this is one hell of a match
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 07, 2007, 07:29:40 AM
Looking at Bacons predictions the big match of the first rounds is the local Derby between Carryduff and Bredagh, Bacon has went for the Duff to beat Bredagh, why?

what do the rest of you think?

for the neutrals and unenlightened amongst you this is one hell of a match

Carryduff are playing in Div 2 and the standard is far higher than Div 3. I reckon they'll be too strong for a very one-dimensional Bredagh. But I agree that it should be well worth a trip to Downpatrick on Saturday evening.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 07, 2007, 08:14:51 AM

Junior Hurling this weekend.
Castlewellan have prepared well after a poor start to the league and I think they'll take Bredagh by 3 points. Bredagh play like individuals whereas Castlewellan at full strenght are a team. Div 1 experience is priceless at this level.

Ballycran to beat the Point by 10. Warrenpoint have done great work at underage and their time will come. But not this year.

Ballela are considedered by all to be favorites but I think they will struggle to field a strong team. McCambridge & Murphy are away on holidays because they were told the match was fixed for last night. They are missing others too. Clonduff played very well earlier in the leage and I predict an upset - Clonduff to win.

Portaferry will beat Ballygalget on Saturday in Ballycran but neither will win the championship. Potaferry's IHC team haven't played yet and Growler picked a strong team for Ballygalget. I have to go for the Ports in this game but weather on not they can win the championship I don't know.


God Colonel Cool you don't know much about Junior hurling outside the Ards! Big wins for Bredagh & Ballela. When is you game with the Point being played?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Forgot me Boots on August 07, 2007, 11:38:11 AM
Might take a wee trip to Downpatrick myself on Saturday to watch this one, would love to see bredagh get one over that shower. never liked playing against them, it wasn't that they were better or anything like that, just they had this holier than thou attitude as if they had invented the game.

is there much talk of this game locally? I believe there are a few Bredagh boys on this site, any Duffers?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: DownFanatic on August 07, 2007, 05:20:11 PM
Thursday 9th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Clonduff, Kilcoo v Liatroim - Kilcoo to shade it. Liatroim have been in good form of late but Kilcoo have the greater attacking threat.

Friday 10th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Atticall, Clonduff v Bryansford- Bryansford should just emerge winners here by the smallest of margins. Could be tie of the round

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm Castlewellan, Glenn v Downpatrick - Downpatrick by cricket score. Glenn are woeful

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Dundrum, Saval v Kilclief - Saval should turn in a fine display but Kilclief will win it by a point

Saturday 11th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newcastle, Shamrocks v Loughinisland- Loughinisland by a couple. They wont get it easy though

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newcastle, An Riocht v Castlewellan - An Riocht will fall just short. Castlwellan will be victors in a low scoring tie

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 5pm in Downpatrick, Teconnaught v Dundrum - Let the Gods decide!

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 6.30pm in Downpatrick, Carryduff v Bredagh - Carryduff handily enough I think. Bredagh have one threat and one threat only. The Duff need this win after a disastrous season

Sunday 12th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newry, Burren v Warrenpoint - Burren will defeat their neighbours but not humiliate them

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newry, Drumgath v Longstone - Drumgath will need to restore pride in this one but the Stone to win at a canter

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 1pm in St. Johns, Darragh Cross v Clann Na Banna - Draw followed by another draw and Darragh to sneak it in a second replay only for it to end in a draw. Banbridge to progress in what could be a lengthy contest

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 2.30pm in An Riocht, Ballyholland v Glasdrumman - I have my doubts about Ballyholland and Rony Murtagh should do enough to see them through.

Monday 13th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Burren, Mayobridge v Atticall - Mayobridge by at least 10. Easy call.

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Rostrevor v Annaclone  - Annaclone to produce the shock of the 1st Round and dump out Rostrevor

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Ballykinlar, Saul v Ballymartin - Ballymartin will not get it easy but they should be able to step it up a level against a Division 2 standard Saul team

Tuesday 14th August

 ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Kilcoo, Tullylish v Ardglass - Tullylish by a good amount. The soccer season has started again in Ardglass.

JFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Bosco v Dromara - Bosco to struggle but will work through to the last 8

JFC 7.30pm in Glenn, Mitchels v St. Michaels - St Michael's will fall to the silent assassins of this years JFC.

JFC 7.30pm in Carryduff, St. Pauls v Drumaness - Hard one to call. Im goin for Drumaness on form.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: bridgegael on August 07, 2007, 06:26:11 PM
Thursday 9th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Clonduff, Kilcoo v Liatroim - liatroim

Friday 10th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Atticall, Clonduff v Bryansford- Bryansford

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm Castlewellan, Glenn v Downpatrick - Downpatrick

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Dundrum, Saval v Kilclief - Saval

Saturday 11th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newcastle, Shamrocks v Loughinisland- Loughinisland

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newcastle, An Riocht v Castlewellan - An Riocht

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 5pm in Downpatrick, Teconnaught v Dundrum - dundrum

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 6.30pm in Downpatrick, Carryduff v Bredagh -Bredagh

Sunday 12th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newry, Burren v Warrenpoint - Burren

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newry, Drumgath v Longstone-longstone

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 1pm in St. Johns, Darragh Cross v Clann Na Banna - clann na banna

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 2.30pm in An Riocht, Ballyholland v Glasdrumman -  Ballyholland

Monday 13th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Burren, Mayobridge v Atticall - Mayobridge

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Rostrevor v Annaclone  - Rostrevor

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Ballykinlar, Saul v Ballymartin - Ballymartin

Tuesday 14th August

 ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Kilcoo, Tullylish v Ardglass - Tullylish

JFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Bosco v Dromara - Bosco

JFC 7.30pm in Glenn, Mitchels v St. Michaels - Mitchels

JFC 7.30pm in Carryduff, St. Pauls v Drumaness - st. pauls
 
 
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: general on August 07, 2007, 07:36:09 PM
in relation to glenn V downpatrick i dont think it will be such a hammering that people assume it will be. altho glenn lie 4th bottom in div 3, they hav  players that can and no doubt will step up to the mark, however if downpatrick can keep the likes of damien o'hare and chubby lennon from scoring it will be alot easier...

if glenn keep the 2 big downpatrick midfielders out of the game the downpatrick team will fall apart, no doubt about this!!!

 should b interesting in castlewellan on friday nite!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on August 08, 2007, 12:52:56 PM
Thursday 9th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Clonduff, Kilcoo v Liatroim - Kilcoo by 4 or 5

Friday 10th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Atticall, Clonduff v Bryansford- Bryansford will be just too strong. Is Aidan Carr home?

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm Castlewellan, Glenn v Downpatrick - Downpatrick

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Dundrum, Saval v Kilclief - Saval

Saturday 11th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newcastle, Shamrocks v Loughinisland- Loughinisland should win well

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newcastle, An Riocht v Castlewellan - Castlwellan

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 5pm in Downpatrick, Teconnaught v Dundrum - Dundrum

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 6.30pm in Downpatrick, Carryduff v Bredagh - Bredagh

Sunday 12th August

Powerade SFC 5pm in Newry, Burren v Warrenpoint - Burren

Powerade SFC 6.30pm in Newry, Drumgath v Longstone- Longstone - I'd like Drumgath to put up a good performance but their recent for suggests it will be over by half time.

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 1pm in St. Johns, Darragh Cross v Clann Na Banna - Clann

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 2.30pm in An Riocht, Ballyholland v Glasdrumman -  Ballyholland

Monday 13th August

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Burren, Mayobridge v Atticall - Mayobridge

Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Rostrevor v Annaclone  - I fancy the Clone to cause a bit of an upset.  Is it true that Monk Cole hasn't played for Rostrevor since the county got beat by Meath?

ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Ballykinlar, Saul v Ballymartin - Ballymartin

Tuesday 14th August

 ĎAround A Poundí IFC 7.30pm in Kilcoo, Tullylish v Ardglass - Tullylish

JFC 7.30pm in Drumgath, Bosco v Dromara - Bosco

JFC 7.30pm in Glenn, Mitchels v St. Michaels - Mitchels

JFC 7.30pm in Carryduff, St. Pauls v Drumaness - Drumaness
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 08, 2007, 01:19:59 PM
boys bosco have 9 1st team players missing for tuesday nights clash v dromara and thats the truth, boys on holiday, hurt, irish school, rumours are circulating that i will be making a return for the seniors on tuesday night.
not true.................................dromora seemed to have a good result v st micheals last friday night scoring 1-15 or there abouts so this will be a great match with lots of scoring i think.

will have to be a homer and go with the bosco.

our newry rivals mitchels will have a tough encounter v st. micheals but i think the newry reds will come through it just.

st.pauls and drumaness should serve up a tasty treat, the hollywood team have played some decent football in div 3 and i think that might get them through, drumaness whilst strolling through the 4th div might find it a tad tougher against the div3 team   st. pauls to win it 3 points.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on August 08, 2007, 01:59:39 PM
What would anyone consider to be the potential shock result of the round?? Id say if Atical beat the Bridge it would be one of the great shocks in our county.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on August 08, 2007, 02:54:35 PM
Some of the games are fairly evenly match so if either team won you wouldn't have a shock on your hands.  So I'll discard these games

Kilcoo v Liatroim
Clonduff v Bryansford
An Riocht v Castlewellan * If the Kingdom won I'd be surprised but probably not shocked!

If any of the underdogs won in the games below it would be shock result. 
Shamrocks v Loughinisland
Burren v Warrenpoint
Drumgath v Longstone
Mayobridge v Atticall
Rostrevor v Annaclone **** This one is my tip for the shock of the round

Imagine my shock n horror if Attical dumped us out!  :-[
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: wobbller on August 08, 2007, 04:30:19 PM
 And imagine the delight for the rest of our County.We may get a County winner that could do us proud in Ulster unlike last year's winner!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on August 08, 2007, 04:48:51 PM
And imagine the delight for the rest of our County.We may get a County winner that could do us proud in Ulster unlike last year's winner!

If you are good enough to win the county championship you are the best team to represent Down in Ulster.  Thats the way it always has been and will be (except for 1999)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 09, 2007, 06:50:19 AM
Football starts tonight lads. Any more predictions?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on August 09, 2007, 12:58:33 PM
How many have you in Bacon?

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: pearses on August 09, 2007, 01:31:12 PM
Powerade SFC 7.30pm in Clonduff, Kilcoo v Liatroim

Anyone have directions to Clonduff? Haven't a clue where it is.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 09, 2007, 01:49:03 PM
Two suggestions - I guess you're coming from Belfast, with that Bredagh crest you have. 

(1)  Ballynahinch - Clough - Castlewellan - Kilcoo (then left for Hilltown at the Square in Kilcoo) - 4 miles on this road.

(2)  M1 to Sprucefield - Banbridge - Left for Rathfriland - Hilltown - left in Hilltown and follow the crowd


The Clonduff club play in Hilltown so thats where you are heading
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: pearses on August 09, 2007, 02:03:22 PM
Thanks, actually coming from Antrim so the M1 would be my best option I think. Cheers   ::) 
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 09, 2007, 09:00:20 PM
Kilcoo V Liatroim - Draw

Liatroim up by 6 at half time but never scored in 2nd half
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 09, 2007, 09:57:30 PM
From Clonduff website
Quote
Kilcoo and Liatroim met in the first game of the Championship in Clonduff Park on Thursday night. Liatroim started at a hectic pace and by half time led 1-7 to 0-4. The game totally belonged to Kilcoo in the second half - they held Liatroim scoreless, missed a penalty and scored six points to draw the game at 0-10 to 1-7. The replay is in Clonduff Park on Tuesday evening at 7 pm.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Townie on August 11, 2007, 04:21:46 PM
i fancy us to beat an riocht tonight handy enough its a must for us
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 11, 2007, 06:34:14 PM
Newcastle field will be a mess for the second game tonight with all the rain we've had.  First big test for the Marshes tomorrow also.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on August 11, 2007, 09:29:54 PM
Castlewellan 1.15 An Riocht 1.10 - Castlewellan 1.10 to 0.03 up at half time.
Loughinisland 0.09 Shamrocks 0.06
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 13, 2007, 08:04:44 AM
Has anyone the results from Sunday?

Saturday 11th August

SFC
Shamrocks 0-06 Loughinisland 0-09
An Riocht 1-10 Castlewellan 1-15

IFC
Teconnaught 1-02 Dundrum 0-09
Carryduff 1-07 Bredagh 0-10

Senior Football Championship
Friday 10th August
Clonduff 1 06 Bryansford 1 08

Friday 10th August
Intermediate Football Championship
Downpatrick 2 18 Glenn 0 08
Saval 1 11 Kilclief 1 08

Senior Football Championship
Thursday 9th August
Liatroim 1 07 Kilcoo 0 10

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on August 14, 2007, 10:01:32 AM
Senior draw

Longstone v Kilcoo/Leitrim

Mayobridge v Rostrevor

Burren v Castlewellan

Loughinisland v Bryansford

Very competitive draw and should attract alot of interest. As for Bryansford, I think we got a good draw even though Loughinisland thumped us 14 - 8 in the league recently without Dan. Hopefully this game will be in Castlewellan and I would be fairly confident of a win.

My semi final line up;
Kilcoo
Mayobridge
Burren
Bryansford

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 14, 2007, 09:51:54 PM
jfc bosco 1-10  0-9 dromara

report on down page
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: dundrumite on August 14, 2007, 10:30:23 PM
Now the quarter final predictions can begin


bridge v rostrevor... Bridge
Loughanisland v the ford... Bryansford to hopefully topple the united nations
Castlewellan v burren... town to sneak a scrappy match
Kilcoo v stone... Tie of the round going for the stone to cause a minor upset

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: downtown on August 15, 2007, 11:32:12 AM
whats is every1s view on the IFC? is there any team capable of goin 2 an ulster final? wat bout saval? whats their chances?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: stpauls on August 15, 2007, 01:10:45 PM
DATE   AROUND A POUND                      VENUE   REFEREE
   INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP                       
Thurs 23 Aug 6 45 pm   Daragh Cross      V   Dundrum         St Johns   P Brownlee
Sat 25th Aug 6 00pm   Tullylish         V   Ballyholland         Saval   H P Mc Cusker
Sun 26th Aug 4 15pm   Downpatrick      V   Saval         Clonduff   N Cousins
Sat 25th Aug 4 15pm   Ballymartin         V   Carryduff/Bredagh      DownpatrickS Lowey
                           
                           
DATE   POWERADE SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP            VENUE   REFEREE
Sun 26th Aug 6 00pm         Castlewellan      V   Burren         Clonduff   C Reynolds
Thurs 23rd Aug 6 45p        Klicoo         V   Longstone         Newcastle   G Tumelty
Sat 25 Aug 6 00pm         Bryansford      V   Loughinisland      DownpatrickS O Hanlon
Fri 24th Aug 6 45pm         Mayobridge      V   Rostrevor         Burren   P Brannigan
                           
DATE   JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP               VENUE   REFEREE
Sun 26th Aug 1 00pm   Ballykinlar         V   Bosco         Kilcoo   M Curran
Sun 26th Aug 1 00pm   Bright         V   St Johns         Daragh CrossL Morgan
Sun 26th Aug 1 00pm   Mitchels/St Micheals      V   Aghaderg                      Annaclone   P D Doyle
Mon 27th Aug 6 45pm   Drumaness         V   Aughlisnafinn      Liatroim   P Mc Clorey
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 15, 2007, 06:56:59 PM
Boys just give you my perdictions for the semi - final line ups and some reasons.

Junior Ch. Bosco...have a full compliment now and should be too strong for the 4th div team.
               Bright
               Mitchels should beat St.Micheals in replay and will be to strong for Aghaderg.
               Druamness for obvious reasons.

Int. Ch  Dundrum after a replay
            Ballyholland to strong for the Div3 leaders
            Saval after a replay
            Ballymartin

Senior Ch.    Castlewellan
                   Longstone
                   B,Ford
                   M,Bridge

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on August 15, 2007, 06:58:55 PM
has anyone lost any teams yet? or are we all still standing at this stage?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 17, 2007, 01:20:50 PM
In the hurling this weekend I expect Ballycran to beat Portaferry by 3 points in the IHC.  It will be a tight game and I wouldn't be at all surprised if Ports won it. In the JHC semi on Sunday Ballela should edge past Bredagh. Again, a tight game but the scoring ability of the McCuskers should see Ballela through.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Pull Hard Hes No Relation on August 17, 2007, 01:42:26 PM
I also expect Ballycran to beat Portaferry but agree it could go either way - also expect Ballygalget to see off Liatriom tonight in the other semi- final and as I said on the other Down thread we will then have the farce of 30 Ards players being "exlcuded" from the championship hurling next year if one of the three Ards clubs wins this competition.

JHC is very hard to call and to be honest can see positives and negatives for both Bredagh and Ballea, without doubt Ballea have the more talented individual players in terms of Mal Magee, Johnny McCusker, Daniel Mc Cusker but Bredagh have more strength in depth. This will really come down to how Bredagh deal with those three because if they can minimise their impact they have the better spread of hurlers to win.

What the crack with U16s playing in these championships heard Ballygalget got hauled over the coals for doing so against Portaferry in the JHC.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on August 17, 2007, 02:38:19 PM
Apparently it was passed at congress last year - youth players can only play one level above. So u12 player can play u14 but not u16. u16s can play minor but not adult. 
The Galgets have been playing u16s in the 3rds all year and claimed they never heard of the rule. Very few seem to be aware of it outside Portaferry who reported Ballygalget after the JHC match (which Portaferry won).
I think there were 4 young fellas involved who have all now been suspended and will miss u16 and minor matches. A sad affair which won't help relations between Ports & Galgets.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on August 17, 2007, 02:51:42 PM
PS - Forgot to say I predict a win for Liatroim tonight and Ballycran tomorrow in IHC. Ballycran and Ballela to win on Sunday in the Junior Championship. There should be some good tight matches.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: johnneycool on August 17, 2007, 03:16:03 PM
Apparently it was passed at congress last year - youth players can only play one level above. So u12 player can play u14 but not u16. u16s can play minor but not adult. 
The Galgets have been playing u16s in the 3rds all year and claimed they never heard of the rule. Very few seem to be aware of it outside Portaferry who reported Ballygalget after the JHC match (which Portaferry won).
I think there were 4 young fellas involved who have all now been suspended and will miss u16 and minor matches. A sad affair which won't help relations between Ports & Galgets.

Ballygalget were aware of a rule but our understanding of the rule that was anyone under 16 years of age couldn't play adult. The four lads who played in the juniors were all over 16 as per their birthday but it turns out they would need to be 16 before the first of January this year. A misunderstanding on our clubs part and the four lads are suspended through no fault of their own.

The Ports and ourselves haven't been pulling for a while and with the debacle the other week where Ballygalget turned up with an U-18 team and the Ports an U-17 team. I don't know enough about how the hurling board run the minors to say who was in the right or wrong but it isn't good for all the youngsters caught in the crossfire.
Time for some people on both sides to catch a grip
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on August 17, 2007, 04:03:44 PM
IHC
Ballygalget v Liatroim, LIATROIM, although its a bit of a toss up IMO, Liatroim played the best hurling we came up against.
Portaferry v Ballycran, PORTAFERRY, im not sure of the strength of their team but Ballycran arent all that hot. I expect the eventual winners to come from the other side of the draw.

JHC
Ballycran v Warrenpoint, BALLYCRAN
Ballela v Bredagh, BALLELA, makes for a good match, heres hoping we come through the winners.

I think the Cran v Point match is at 1 with ours at 3, both in Darragh Cross on Sunday.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 18, 2007, 09:37:31 AM
Liatroim beat by Ballygalget last night in Kilclief. There were a few on here tipping them for the IHC. With only Ards reserve teams left in the championship, do Liatroim go on to represent Down in Ulster?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 20, 2007, 08:46:26 AM
A couple of big shocks in the Junior hurling championship. Bredagh beat hot favorites Ballela well and Warrenpoint beat Ballycran by a point. Most posters on here were tipping Ballela to win this competition and no one tipped The Point to bet Ballycran! That's the championship for ye.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on August 20, 2007, 09:23:00 AM
Senior Football: Mayobridge
Mayobridge are still the team to beat. Kilcoo, Castlewellan, Rostrevor, Burren & Bryansford are all contenders when you look at the draw but it's the Bridge I'll have my money on.

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget
Ballygalget to win it and if Matin Coulter is fit they'll Ulster a rattle too.

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Ballyholland are one of the best footballing teams in the competition. Another one is Saval. But the best footballing team doesn't always win the championship. I'm going for Downpatrick.

Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran
Don't know much about it but I reckon they are as good a bet as any.

Junior Football: Drumaness
Too good for Division 4 and if they keep their soccer lads on board they can win the double. Bosco & Mitchel's are the main threats.

Junior Hurling: Ballela
Only Division 1 team in the competition and they have a good draw.

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge
The Bridge have stenght in depth and can win this one as well as the SFC if the stay injury free.

Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Bredagh? You're having a laugh Bacon! This is always won by teams from South Down.



Only faller so far is Ballela in the Junior Hurling. I wouldn't change any of the rest.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: DownFanatic on August 20, 2007, 06:23:54 PM
SFC Quarter Finals

Longstone v Kilcoo - Both are similar teams with a similar style of play. A couple of years ago a wise head told me that there was a SFC in the current Longstone team within 5 years. Therefore this year may be too soon for them and Id expect Kilcoo to turn in a good performance and win after coming through two tough 1st Round examinations.

Bryansford v  Loughinisland - Bryansford are a better team I think and have too much Championship nous for an up and coming Loughinisland team. Id say the Island are more focused on retaining their Division 1 status than a good Championship run and Id expect a more determined Bryansford side to progress.

Mayobridge v Rostrevor - Rostrevor are well equipped to cope with the Bridge challenge for at least a half but soon enough they will succumb. The Bridge are starting to fire on all cylinders and they will possess too much guile for Aidan Farrell's men. Therefore I can see Mayobridge hitting the last 4 with something to spare.

Burren v Castlewellan - Burren at the moment are the best equipped to challenge the Bridge and if they play anywhere near their potential then they will be too good for Castlewellan. The Town will pose a tough task but Burren are well up to it.


IFC Quarter Finals

Darragh Cross v Dundrum - I never make a call on our own games.

Ballyholland v Tullylish - Ballyholland are by far a more superior team and will win this without changing in to top gear. Since its Championship Tullylish may stay close in the 1st half but Ballyholland have the more experience and will win through.

Ballymartin v Carryduff - This is not as clear cut as some may predict. Carryduff have overcome a huge barrier in their disposal of fierce neighbours Bredagh and physcologically they will be in good shape. Ballymartin werent tested by Saul but if they play to their full potential they should just squeeze through in what could a much tighter game than expected.

Downpatrick v Saval - Very hard one to call. Both teams are of similar standard. In 2005 when the RGU won the IFC they had a much better team than they have today. Saval have improved in that period by a bigger margin. Coupled with this is the fact that the South Down men faced a sterner test in the 1st Round against Kilclief. Therefore Saval to edge it though it may take a replay.


JFC Quarter Finals

Drumaness v Aughlisnafin - This game shouldnt even be happening. A total mismatch. The prospective champions - Drumaness - in my eyes to progress with at least 25 points to spare.

Bright v St Johns - You just never know with Bright at this level. They'll either beat St Johns by 10 points or not field. Thats how unpredictable they are. St Johns are nowhere near the standard required to win this title and therefore Im plumping for Bright to progress.

Bosco v Ballykinlar - A total no brainer. Bosco to win handy enough.

St Michaels/Mitchels v Aghaderg - The winner of St Michaels/Mitchels will probably have too much for Aghderg in this game. Im thinking St Michaels to account for the Newry men before eeking past the Derg in to the Semis.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on August 20, 2007, 08:32:09 PM
In relation to our defeat by Bredagh we were missing our best player in Dan Mc Cusker who was a huge loss but i still thought we'd the capability to win on sunday, being only 5 down at half time with a strong breeze at our backs second half. The heavy conditions didnt suit our mainly small and light team but some lads put in a well below par performance. Had we won the junior champ it would have papered over alot of large cracks reguarding our team, no manager, next to no training and worringly no comradery. Anyways good luck to Bredagh in the final, hope their hard effort pays off.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on August 20, 2007, 08:45:13 PM
Whitehair

was at the match and was pretty worried at the start of the second half when we were 5 up playing with a stiff breeze, us scoring the first 3 pointer seemed to rattle a lot of the players and morale seemed to slump a little. hard to come back from that with your best player missing.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Smiler An Dun on August 21, 2007, 10:45:29 AM
JFC Replay

Mitchells 1-13  St. Michaels 2-14 (aet)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Pull Hard Hes No Relation on August 21, 2007, 11:19:10 AM
Intermediate clashes went as I thought this weekend, Liatriom for the first time in the past few years experienced an Ards side before the senior championship had been played and learned that they are a totally different proposition.

Ballygalget had a far stronger side than what has played in the League thus far but I still expect the Crans to win out in this come the final.

Bacon - Newry Shamrocks intend asking the CCC to force a play off between themselves and Liatriom to see who represents Down in the Ulster Championship, no way should Liatriom just be given a free rein to enter particularly given that they shouldn't even have been in the competition this year. My question is this will the winners of Ballygalget V Ballycran be allowed back next year or will we have the nonsense of 30 hurlers being excluded from championship hurling in 2008.

In the junior was surprised by the margin of Bredagh's victory but not the fact that they won particularly when I learnt Danny Mc Cusker wouldn't be playing. Bredagh are a better side than people give them credit for and I expect them to win the championship now. Indeed it could well be a Bredagh V Warrenpoint final as I beleive that Portaferry emptied the bench V the Crans in the IHC in an effort to pull that out of the bag and the Seasiders should reap the benefits this weekend in Castlewellan.

Ballea are in big diffs in terms of personnel it would be a shame if the senior team started to really struggle after building such fine facilties this year. Their delegate supposedly asked for them to remain in Division 1 of the league next year which I find surprising, thought they would have been better dropping down and re-building again
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: T O Hare on August 21, 2007, 04:19:40 PM
any resluts from the PRFC or the RFC
mayobridge beat rostrevor 2.10 to 0.9 in PRFC
and beat Glenn 3.14 to 4.7 in RFC
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: thewobbler on August 21, 2007, 04:29:12 PM
Burren whalloped Carryduff in the AC RFC, and did likewise to Ballyholland in the RFC.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: No1 on August 22, 2007, 08:43:03 AM
Castlewellan beat Kilclief by 3 in the PRFC.  The Town got out of jail big style. 

Their championship second string is a totally different proposition to their league team though.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 22, 2007, 09:40:47 AM
boys i am 1 down now in my predictions, St.Michaels beat Newry Mitchels in the JFC after a reply and i think the Armagh team will be to strong for Aghaderg.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: amallon on August 23, 2007, 02:32:30 PM
SFC Quarter Final Predictions

Longstone v Kilcoo - A tight one. I fancy Kilcoo to sneak it. 
Bryansford v  Loughinisland - Another close call but I think there is a bit more steel to the Ford and they will sneak it.
Mayobridge v Rostrevor - The Bridge but it will be tight
Burren v Castlewellan - This is the hardest of the lot to call.  Burren to win

IFC Quarter Finals
Darragh Cross v Dundrum - Dundrum
Ballyholland v Tullylish - Ballyholland
Ballymartin v Carryduff - Ballymartin
Downpatrick v Saval - Saval


JFC Quarter Finals
Drumaness v Aughlisnafin - Drumaness
Bright v St Johns - St. Johns
Bosco v Ballykinlar - Bosco
St Michaels/Mitchels v Aghaderg - St. Michaels or Mitchels

Appologies if any of the Intermediate or Junior games have been played last night.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: T O Hare on August 23, 2007, 02:46:57 PM
SFC Quarter Final Predictions

Longstone v Kilcoo -  Kilcoo   
Bryansford v  Loughinisland - the ford.
Mayobridge v Rostrevor - The Bridge
Burren v Castlewellan - castlewellan

IFC Quarter Finals
Darragh Cross v Dundrum - Dundrum
Ballyholland v Tullylish - Ballyholland
Ballymartin v Carryduff - Ballymartin
Downpatrick v Saval - Saval


JFC Quarter Finals
Drumaness v Aughlisnafin - Drumaness
Bright v St Johns - St. Johns
Bosco v Ballykinlar - Bosco
St Michaels/Mitchels v Aghaderg - St. Michaels
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 23, 2007, 03:23:06 PM
JHC Semi Final

Portaferry v Warrenpoint - The Point

SFC Quarter Final

Longstone v Kilcoo -  Lonstone   
Bryansford v  Loughinisland - the ford.
Mayobridge v Rostrevor - The Bridge
Burren v Castlewellan - Burren

IFC Quarter Finals
Darragh Cross v Dundrum - Darragh Cross
Ballyholland v Tullylish - Ballyholland
Ballymartin v Carryduff - Ballymartin
Downpatrick v Saval - Saval


JFC Quarter Finals
Drumaness v Aughlisnafin - Drumaness
Bright v St Johns - Bright
Bosco v Ballykinlar - Bosco
St Michaels v Aghaderg - St. Michaels
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: lecale3 on August 23, 2007, 04:12:18 PM
RFC: Bredagh W/O Banbridge D/F
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: bredaghgael on August 23, 2007, 05:45:29 PM
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 Bredagh GAC's Annual Talk Night takes place this year in the Wellington Park Hotel on Friday 31st August at 9pm.The Eastwood Bookmakers sponsored event has regular pundits Martin Breheny (Irish Independent) Paddy Heaney(Irish News)and Barney Eastwood back again this year..The evening is compered by Jerome Quinn (BBC).Confirmed guests this year are Joe Brolly (RTE pundit) and Graham Geraghty(Meath).Others will be announced closer to the event.There will be a draw for two All-Ireland Football & Hurling tickets on the night.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on August 24, 2007, 10:30:17 AM
There was 4 or 5 on here tipping Kilcoo to win the SFC this year, including Square Ball and South Down. Fair play to The Wobbler (the original one) for tipping Longstone as his outside bet. How did Ballymartin v Carryduff go?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on August 24, 2007, 12:12:28 PM
There was 4 or 5 on here tipping Kilcoo to win the SFC this year, including Square Ball and South Down. Fair play to The Wobbler (the original one) for tipping Longstone as his outside bet. How did Ballymartin v Carryduff go?

well, better luck next time.. can i modify mine  ;)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on August 24, 2007, 02:29:17 PM
Senior draw

Longstone v Kilcoo/Leitrim

Mayobridge v Rostrevor

Burren v Castlewellan

Loughinisland v Bryansford

Very competitive draw and should attract alot of interest. As for Bryansford, I think we got a good draw even though Loughinisland thumped us 14 - 8 in the league recently without Dan. Hopefully this game will be in Castlewellan and I would be fairly confident of a win.

My semi final line up;
Kilcoo
Mayobridge
Burren
Bryansford



I just hope i havent put the curse on the rest!!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on August 24, 2007, 08:56:26 PM
Any results from tonights matches?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: stpauls on August 24, 2007, 09:18:54 PM
from the BBC website:

Late Sexton goal saves Mayobridge 
 
Ronan Sexton's late goal at Burren saved Mayobridge
Ronan Sexton hit an injury-time goal to earn holders Mayobridge a 1-10 to 2-7 draw against Rostrevor in Friday's Powerade Down SFC clash at Burren.
Turlough Murphy hit a second-minute goal for Rostrevor and Adrian Mackin's strike on 14 minutes extended their lead to 2-2 to 0-3.
Rostrevor led 2-3 to 0-6 at half-time and they were still three ahead as the match entered injury-time.
However, Sexton's dramatic goal ensured Tuesday's replay at Burren (1845 BST).
Benny Coulter hit three points for Mayobridge in the first half while Michael Walsh notched a couple of points for the holders early in the second half.
Points from the Parr brothers Sean and Lloyd in the final 10 minutes seemed to have ensured Rostrevor's victory before Sexton's late goal.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: buglebhoy on August 24, 2007, 11:18:37 PM
Rostrevor fcked up tonight big time, had the game won in their eyes and let the bridge back in! great effort from rostrevor! bad handling by the bridge all round the field let rostrevor dominate the game...espec in the second half! dont think rostrevor will be able to repeat the efforts again!!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on August 27, 2007, 01:11:54 PM
I have heard several times now that the Sexton will be missing tomorrow night as they are attending a wedding in Germany, anyone confirm this?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: thewobbler on August 27, 2007, 01:19:27 PM
Heard this a number of times myself Spirit. You could even say that I've been helping to spread the rumour.

It's a delicate situation for the pair of them.

Even more delicate for Mayobridge, as by all accounts, the Sextons have been their outstanding performers this season. Going on league evidence, it could even see Mickey Linden being brought in for a start.

The best team always wins the replay though, don't they?


If anyone was at the Saval vs Downpatrick game, post a quick report please. I hear Hoops were without a couple of their main players, but won the game through their midfield presence.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on August 27, 2007, 01:27:57 PM
Wobbler, what exactly is the delicate situation?  Is it a member of their family getting married?

Anyway, the favourite nearly always comes out on top in replays.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 27, 2007, 04:31:56 PM
Downpatrick probably shaded this very poor encounter, like the second game, littered with mistakes and poor decision making which cost Saval the game.  Saval had more than enough chances to win the game but with wides well into double figures, this was never going to happen.  A particularly bad miss from Stephen Sands, when inside the wee square, was crucial in the end.  The introduction of Gregory Deegan 10 mins before half time and Gerard 10 minutes after swung the game in the Hoops favour.  Gregory looked very cool on the ball and marked county 'star' Danny Hughes out of it.  Interesting that Gregory is apparently only back in training 2 weeks and he plays like this.  Gerard on the other had won some vital ball and set up some great attacks - Saval just couldn't deal with him.  Any indiscressions were punished by Karl Oakes.

Peter Turley came on with a strapping on his knee and after competing for his first ball in the air, came down hard.  He hobbled about for 5 minutes and was replaced.  If the man wasn't fit, why did he play.  This Saval team looked a shadow of the team that has led the 2nd Division all year.  Few leaders and a very inept display in Hilltown for the second year in a row (Drumgath beat them last year). 

Still alot of football to be played this year and it will be interesting how they respond to this defeat.  JP O'Kane has a big job on his hands to lift the former favourites for the Intermediate Championship.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: thewobbler on August 27, 2007, 09:24:28 PM
Cheers for the report Cloc Mor.

I had the misfortune of chasing Gregory Deegan around in the PRFC when he just got back from injury 2 seasons ago, and wouldn't wish it upon anyone...although watching 5 of my teammates struggle in turn equally badly during the second half did make me feel a whole lot better!

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on August 27, 2007, 09:29:19 PM
Dont worry wobbler, I was in the same boat myself several times.  Nightmare
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 31, 2007, 10:16:07 AM
boys here are y semi final predictions 
senior-b,ford v mayobridge.. mayobride after a tight match 3points to spare

          longstone v burren....... fancied burren the whole way but the stone are on a roll so have to sway for longstone

Int.  ballyholland v ballymartin..... the harps have been my prediction so no change here

       darragh cross v downpatrick.... mmmmmmmmmmm tight one to call if the cross can play to their full welt they will have a chance but for experience at this level i opt for downpatrick  2 points to spare

Junior   bosco v st micheals ...... probably the hardest game for my wee team to date, the armagh men have a good pedigree in the junior ch. but the newry boys have all players available and playing on a big pitch should shade this one ...... 3 points to spare

         drumaness v st johns.......... drums are a lot of peoples favouites to lift the cup this year but st.johns are on a high after their 1/4 final win over bright but think the div 4 leaders will win it in the end with 5-6 to spare

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on August 31, 2007, 10:54:52 AM
Looking back at those who predicted all 8 adlut championships, I don't think there's anyone who can get all 8 right. Kilcoo knocked out a couple in the football, Liatroim, Ballycran & Ballela's defeats in the hurling knocked most of the rest.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: the milkman on August 31, 2007, 11:13:09 AM
Junior   bosco v st Michaels ...... probably the hardest game for my wee team to date, the armagh men have a good pedigree in the junior ch. but the newry boys have all players available and playing on a big pitch should shade this one ...... 3 points to spare

Were you calling them armagh boys when their county minor helped Down win the All Ireland Minor Champ. is 2005? and what about next year if B.Sweeney gets a run out in the national league? and look at a map and seen where the county border lies yo while clearly see that Margheralin is well inside Down!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 31, 2007, 12:00:13 PM
milkman just adding a wee bit of humour and sportsmanship on the board, dont have the time to start looking at maps today and indeed i am not the 1st person on this site to mention armagh and st. micheals in the same sentence, my full appologies to you and all concerned and it would be great to see another 3rd div player make it on the county panal.

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: the milkman on August 31, 2007, 01:41:28 PM
thank you boscomo, is match on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th?

Should be a good game
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on August 31, 2007, 02:52:04 PM
milkman me old plum its on the saturday with a 3.30pm throw in , it should be a good match, we have had some good battles with st.micheals over the years and this will be no different and as i say its always great to see players from the lower divs getting a chance and hopefully a few of our players will make that step up in the next few seasons
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 02, 2007, 03:14:52 PM
guys what dates are pencilled in for county final day
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on September 04, 2007, 08:47:00 AM
SHC Semi Finals this weekend.

Saturday 8th September
In Kilclief:
5pm Democrat Media SHC Semi-final
Ballycran v Down Juniors E Morgan

Sunday 9th September
In Ballycran:
3.30pm Democrat Media SHC Semi-final
Ballygalget v Portaferry H Torney

Ballycran will beat the Juniors on Saturday although Paddy Braniff has high hopes of a shock from his team. They won the Leinster Sheild earlier this year but haven't played together since and Ballycran will be a step up in standard.

Sunday's game will be very tight as usual with no more than a couple of pucks of the ball between them. Ballygalget were missing a couple last year and lost out by 5 points in a close game. Portaferry are missing McGrattan and Braniff from last year while Galgets should be at full strenght. I go for Ballygalget to win by a 2-3 points.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on September 05, 2007, 09:11:20 AM
Are there reserve football championship matches this weekend? I missed the paper yesterday.

SHC Semi Finals
Ballycran v Down Juniors - Ballycran by 15 points. Have the Juniors had any training sessions together? It will probably be a case of who turns up again.

Ballygalget v Portaferry - Hard to call. Looking at Antrim and Ulster League results Ballygalget appear to have the edge. I'm going to st on the fence and predict a draw. Ports to win the replay against the run of play.

When is the IHC final? I take it it will be in Portaferry given that it's Ballcran v Ballygalget?

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: MadMick007 on September 05, 2007, 01:22:13 PM
Why have down juniors not have any training sessions. After a little success in the Leinster shield surely this should have been a stepping stone to get things going for a strong challenge against Ballycran.

Portaferry v Ballygalget with the Ports probably scraping through with the narrowest of margins. With Doole back this should provide the difference. Any doole is allot better than most..

Has there been any venue set for the final.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Whitehair on September 05, 2007, 01:59:56 PM
The juniors have been training the last number of weeks, wednesdays and sundays i think!? I wasnt at any of them but i was told there was 8 in attendance the morning Paudie Butler was there to take them and the Academy.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on September 05, 2007, 02:39:59 PM

Has there been any venue set for the final.
As I understand it and according to the master fixtures list the SHC final was down for 23 Sept along with the IHC Final.The SFC final was down for 7th Oct.  But then the County Board took a decison to play both finals (SHC & SFC) as a double header in Newry.

If they play both on 7th Oct they will be in trouble if the SHC ends in a draw because the Ulster Club SHC starts on 14th Oct. The Ulster dates won't be changed. Does anybody have any other information?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on September 05, 2007, 03:38:27 PM
Why have down juniors not have any training sessions. After a little success in the Leinster shield surely this should have been a stepping stone to get things going for a strong challenge against Ballycran.

Portaferry v Ballygalget with the Ports probably scraping through with the narrowest of margins. With Doole back this should provide the difference. Any doole is allot better than most..

Has there been any venue set for the final.

Will Dule really be back? If he is it's great news for the lad, Portaferry and the county but I hope he hasn't rushed it.

If Ballycran beat the Juniors the final should be in the Ards. There would be a fantastic atmosphere in the lower pitch if you had Ballycran v Ballygalget in both SHC & IHC as a double header. Or Ports v Ballycran in Ballygelget
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: MadMick007 on September 05, 2007, 04:25:39 PM
I agree with the fact that taking the final out of the Ards will not serve any purpose. We have a number of people over the months commenting that it is only a PR exercise and that it in no way will promote hurling. The final last year in Ballygalget was one of the best in terms of excitement and atmosphere and also pulled one of the biggest crowds for some time. Keep the final in the ards and as one man has said on this board that if you are interested in Hurling from the mainland you will travel to watch the match.

I also hope doole has not rushed things as this was his second knee op. I suppose you will do all possible to get a championship game.

I believe Down Juniors had probably the best chance to cause an upset this year with them playing regularly together and now that I hear they were not putting in the effort is a bit of a dissapointment.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 05, 2007, 05:34:04 PM
Ladbrokes are offering odds. Galgets looks well priced!!

 Ballygalget vs Portaferry - (Down Semi Final)
 
11/10  Ballygalget    8/1  Draw    5/6  Portaferry   15:30


Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 06, 2007, 09:02:55 AM
This weeks predictions:

PRFC
Downpatrick v Bryansford - Downpatrick

RFC
Rostrevor v Mayobridge - Rostrevor

JFC
Bosco v St. Michaels - Bosco

SFC
Bryansford v Mayobridge - Mayobridge

SHC
Ballycran v Down Juniors - Ballycran

IFC
Ballyholland v Ballymartin - Ballyholland

SFC
Burren v Longstone - Longstone

JFC
Drumaness v St. Johns - Drumaness

IFC
Darragh Cross v Downpatrick - Downpatrick

SHC
Ballygalget v Portaferry - Ballygalget
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: johnneycool on September 06, 2007, 09:58:34 AM
Why have down juniors not have any training sessions. After a little success in the Leinster shield surely this should have been a stepping stone to get things going for a strong challenge against Ballycran.

Portaferry v Ballygalget with the Ports probably scraping through with the narrowest of margins. With Doole back this should provide the difference. Any doole is allot better than most..

Has there been any venue set for the final.

Will Dule really be back? If he is it's great news for the lad, Portaferry and the county but I hope he hasn't rushed it.

If Ballycran beat the Juniors the final should be in the Ards. There would be a fantastic atmosphere in the lower pitch if you had Ballycran v Ballygalget in both SHC & IHC as a double header. Or Ports v Ballycran in Ballygelget


Dule would be mad to even strip out as he's nowhere near ready to take part in a full blown competitive game. He hasn't even taken part in a training game for Portaferry yet. Marty would need a boot in the hole if he put the lad under any pressure to line out. Dule should take the winter to gradually build the knee up again and wait till the pitches get harder around May time before coming back in earnest.

As for the game itself, biased and all that I am I still think it's Ballygalgets to lose. I'd be concerned about a few positional moves for us as I don't know whether big Aaron will start as he's played most of the training games with the seconds team and didn't start against Dunloy in the UHL. The last day out against the Ports they could do nothing with him and all things being equal in the tight confines of Ballycran I'd start him No 6. With Barry Coulter back in fitness I'd also start him at the expense of either Johnny Boon or Gary Flynn, neither have impressed me of late. I'd expect Gary to start at No11, but if he isn't getting the ball into the forwards he should make way for Barry. The other debate is whether Darren Flynn will partner Gabs Clarke in midfield with Paddy Monan going back in right half back with young Chris Conlon losing out. That'll be the most likely option but I wouldn't be too concerned if Chrissy starts as he's played well all year and hasn't been found wanting. Fullback is a bit of a concern for us as we've tried a few options all year without much degree of success. It's a toss up between Kevin and Garret Dynes with pro's and cons for both. Kevin is one big solid f**ker who isn't the greatest stickman in the world but doesn't give up too much lightly, fouling might be a concern though, Garrett is the better hurler but plays the ball a bit much for a fullback and lacks a turn of pace.

The Ports will be happy to have BA back and he'll start at 11 probably with Stephen Murray and Ciaran Coulter either side. If Ballygalget get on top here that'll be the winning of the game for them. If these three win a lot of ball they'll need to take their own scores as the Ports fullforward line has been poor all year.
Andy Savage needs a big game but as Darren Flynn is every bit as fit and fast as him, he'll need to read the game better than Darren to have the kind of influence he normally has on the game. I don't know who'll partner Andy but as Gabs Clarke has proved a revelation for Ballygalget in midfield to date, they'll have their work cut out.
The Ports have a few niggly injuries to both Barry Milligan and Barry Coleman, but I'd expect both to start in the half back line. Chunky Conlon will probably line out fullback and whilst he's a good hurler gave up 4 points from play in last years final to Mick Braniff. If Magic gets the same opportunities that'll be 4 goals instead. Conor O'prey held Paddy rat well in the league meeting and will probably do the same come sunday, a good young hurler if he keeps his head. The rat needs too much space to strike the ball and can get away with it using his speed. O'Prey is probably quicker so he'll not have that luxury.

I'm expecting a close contest as always down in Ballycran and whoever gets a lead up early will hold on as Ballycran is a disaster of a pitch to go chasing a lead as it's easy to shut up shop in a tight pitch especially when it's windy.

I still think we'll win with 4 to spare but we'll need to be on our game.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Pull Hard Hes No Relation on September 06, 2007, 11:02:40 AM
Don't expect too much from the Juniors against Ballycran - they had eight at a training session for the visit of Paudie Butler while The Academy team had 25 players there for their session! I too thought the Juniors might do something but too many players just happy to turn up and get the jersey while some of the players being selected wouldn't get a game with the likes of Shamrocks or Liatriom such as Paul Mc Cusker and yet they will be corner backs against the Crans.

You only need one or two weak links at Senior hurling to be on the road to a tanking and the juniors unfortunately have more than one or two especially as Artie Mc Guinness is out having broke his finger in the final of the Jude 7s on Saturday also a doubt about Eoin as he has trials for the Ireland U21 Shinty squad on the same day. Crans by 10pts+

In the other semi final I expect Ballygalget to have too much for the Ports - think this will be the last hurrah for this current Ballygalget team and they will take some stopping. Dule is a massive loss to Portaferry and even if he does make an appearance how fit will he be - think it would be madness to risk him. Kevin Mc Garry if he plays will be an addition to the Ports as will BA if he is back but still see them struggling to get scores without Dule.

The tight confines of Ballycran mean this will be no classic and the exchanges will be tight and tough which will suit Ballygalget - expect them to win by 4/5 pts.

Ps - I thought the Hurling final was remaining now in the Ards, madness to bring it to Newry as I've said before PR exercise, how about some real action to promote hurling in South Down rather than gimmicks? Any hurling person who wants to see the final will travel to the Ards for the game and avail of the great atmosphere generated at the smaller grounds this would be lost in Newry as the football crowd wouldn't turn up until the football match was due to start or would leave straight away afterwards if the hurling game was on second.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: buglebhoy on September 06, 2007, 12:41:21 PM
Really looking forward to what should be 2 really hard contested games in pairc esler on sunday! Ballyholland should edge out ballymartin by 3 points with ronan murtagh the star man! don't think ballymartin have anyone to contain murtagh to a low scoring game.

Think longstone can beat burren, burren dont have too many scoring options apart from mckernan and maybe pj mcalinden and longstone have plenty of scoring threat with ambrose back to full fitness!

should be a great day of football in newry
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on September 07, 2007, 10:42:42 AM
Still on course for 7/8 on my original predictions but this weekend will sort out the men from the boys. Are Mayobridge still in the PRFC?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Guillem2 on September 07, 2007, 04:34:56 PM
Tell me your not serious about Paul Branniff playing?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: charlie stubbs on September 07, 2007, 04:44:59 PM
longstone well priced at 11-8 to beat burren.a number of scoring threats,with prob the quickest forward line in the county.if rodgers can dominate think they have a real chance.though a performance like the one they put in against drumgath in the first half wouldnt do.

agree with an earlier post though that burren would have a greater chance of toppling the bridge.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on September 07, 2007, 05:43:02 PM
Charlie, Longstones league results over the last 2/3 years against the bridge are better than most division 1 sides.  But then last years championship match was another matter.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: DownFanatic on September 07, 2007, 07:04:22 PM
Down SFC Semi Finals

Mayobridge v Bryansford

Lets stop friggin' about here. Mayobridge are going to win this game whether they play well or not. Bryansford have a lot of talent but they arent capable up raking up big scores. Again their defence wont be able to cope for a full hour with Benny and co. The Bridge have had a good test against Rostrevor and they will have learnt from that. Bryansford struggled past against a very average United Nations side and havent looked on par with the Bridge all year. Therefore im going for Mayobridge.

Burren v Longstone
A Longstone win here would be the romanticist's dream. To me they are a really exciting team that play a very attractive brand of football. On the otherhand Burren just bore me. They lack a real talisman and seem to operate very defensively. The Stone will be buoyed by their excellent scalp of Kilcoo while Burren wont be short on confidence either. I can see a low scoring game here despite Longstone's excellent forward unit. On the whole though I can see Burren progressing. They are too strong physically and they should be able to shut out the Stone's threats to a reasonable degree.


Down IFC Semi Finals

Ballymartin v Ballyholland
This is a very mouthwatering clash. People are saying that the performance of Ronan Murtagh will determine the outcome of this game. I would disagree. Ballyholland have plenty of other forwards that can rise to the challenge. Ballymartin have been very impressive this year and they'll be wanting to wrong the rights of losing the 2005 Final. Ballyholland have an excellent pedigree in this competition but Ballymartin's new found exuberance might just see them by.

Darragh Cross v Downpatrick
Ive thought about this one for a while. Im going to stick my neck out and go for Darragh Cross. The main reason being that this is do or die for them. They don't have Playoffs to occupy them in the next month and I very much doubt they will want to see their season end here. Downpatrick are in great form but I feel that a return to Division 1 football is their main priority. Ill guarantee you that they will underestimate Darragh. Therefore Im plumping for Darragh Cross.


Down JFC Semi Finals

Bosco v St Michaels

Two very contrasting styles here. Its the skill of Bosco versus the brawn of St Michaels. Bosco may just be a little bit cocky at the moment and they would need to focus solely on this game. St Michaels will not lie down by any means but the Newry side will outplay them for sure. St Micks can be one dimensional at times and their ill-discipline may affect them in this one. Bosco will make the Final.

Drumaness v St Johns
Drumaness are going to obliterate the Johnnies in this one. They pack a far greater punch in every department. Ive love to see the Johnnies win but Drumaness' march to the title won't stop here.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on September 07, 2007, 08:28:21 PM
Down SFC Semi Finals

Mayobridge v 
The 'bridge are there to be taken.  They don't possess that aura they previously had.  Only it was Atticall in the first round they may have been gone.  Rostrevor should have taken them in the drawn game but the bridge beat them easy in the replay.  I still reckon they are there for the taking.  A big  performance and they are gone - BRYANSFORD

Barren v Longstone
The stone play their own method of play.  Dawson might try to put some structure to this but you can't beat natural footballers, which the stone possess. I reckon Longstone will win the Championship, in spite of Dawson.  Taking Ambrose and Mark Poland out of the game is the key to any other team's success.  The Barren team rely on an impulsive and erratic Kevin Mc Kernan.  Sean Ward hasn't the legs to track Ambrose and the long ball to the ineffective Ciaran Byrne is working.  LONGSTONE


Down IFC Semi Finals

Ballymartin v Ballyholland
The rumours that the Ballyholland team will wear the Primary School jerseys just to show off their ' bulging biceps' has been rubbished - don't know which county player requested this anyhow  !!!  Ballymartin have faded recently in the league after a promising start.  Ballyholland are coming good and should have enough to get through this one.  Its all on the day but I reckon it could be a draw.  DRAW

Darragh Cross v Downpatrick
Darragh Cross play like a team who doesn't give a f**k.  They just go for it, winning balls that shouldn't be theirs and taking the breaks when they get it.  Evey's and Barry Breen are back with the hoops (all the best Richard) and will certainly instill heart and hunger in a very promising side.  Guys back from holidays and the twin Deegan's firing again.  DOWNPATRICK
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on September 07, 2007, 11:42:57 PM
Cloc Mor what did dawson ever do to you?  He's the best coach we have ever had, even beter than PJ Magee.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Cloc Mor on September 08, 2007, 01:49:29 PM
Just think he's a p***k.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 10, 2007, 12:43:22 PM
Are all the finalist known now? Can anyone fill in the blanks?

SFC
Mayobridge v Longstone

SHC
Ballycran v Ballygalget

IFC
Downpatrick v Ballymartin

IHC
Ballycran v Ballygalget

JFC
Drumaness v Bosco

JHC
Warrenpoint v Bredagh

PRFC

???

RFC

???
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 10, 2007, 03:47:45 PM
Senior Football: Kilcoo
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Intermedate Hurling:  No idea,

Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo
Reserve Football: Burran

how is everyone else doing?
 
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 10, 2007, 04:47:45 PM
Not well in my case!

Senior Football: Rostrevor
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Ballyholland
Intermedate Hurling: Shamrocks

Junior Football: John Bosco
Junior Hurling: Ballycran

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo?
Reserve Football: Bredagh
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 10, 2007, 09:15:41 PM
SFC
Mayobridge v Longstone

SHC
Ballycran v Ballygalget

IFC
Downpatrick v Ballymartin

IHC
Ballycran v Ballygalget

JFC
Drumaness v Bosco

JHC
Warrenpoint v Bredagh

PRFC
 Burren v Mayobridge

 Clonduff v Downpatrick

RFC
Burren v Kilcoo

Rostrevor v Castlewellan

theres another one down Bacon for both of us
 
 
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on September 10, 2007, 09:20:24 PM
I'm going well. Only one faller so far. I don't think anyone can beat 7/8 if I get it.

Senior Football: Mayobridge

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick

Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran

Junior Football: Drumaness

Junior Hurling: Ballela

Premier Reserve Football: Mayobridge

Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 10, 2007, 09:41:04 PM
Senior - Mayobridge

Int -Ballyholland

Junior - Bosco

No hurling predictions lads sorry
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Lecale2 on September 11, 2007, 08:38:57 AM
3 down for me.

Senior Football: Mayobridge

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Ballymartin

Intermedate Hurling: Liatroim

Junior Football:  Bosco

Junior Hurling: Ballela

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo

Reserve Football: Burren
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Brick Tamlin on September 11, 2007, 10:37:55 AM
Senior Football: Due to sh*te standard of club football has to be the Bridge. If not Longstone are my outside bet.

Senior Hurling: Ballygalget
Intermediate Football: Ballymartin
Intermediate Hurling: Ballycran
Premier Reserve Football: Rostrevor
Reserve Football: Burren
Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Ballela


Im not doin too badly meself. Although there were a few shoo-ins along the way.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 11, 2007, 12:18:19 PM
Brick Tamlin

that was a good call with the Longstone one, you should get a brucie bonus for getting the 2 finalists.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Brick Tamlin on September 11, 2007, 01:27:36 PM
nice to see you............. to see you......................n n n n n nnnn
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 17, 2007, 12:00:10 PM
Senior Football: Kilcoo
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Intermedate Hurling:  No idea,

Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh One up

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo
Reserve Football: Burran

how is everyone else doing
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 17, 2007, 02:54:45 PM
From what I can see only Square Ball and Whitehair backed Bredagh to win the JHC.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: jpmac on September 17, 2007, 04:12:05 PM
hold the horses there Bacon! I also picked the maroons to win JHC

SFC=Burren(gone)
IFC=Kilclief (gone)
JFC=Bosco

IHC=Ballycran
JHC=Bredagh

PRFC=Burren

RFC=Rostrevor
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 18, 2007, 01:16:54 AM
guys , sorry have been busy with other things ,,, i have lost Ballyholland in the Intermediate Ch

so playing with Mayobridge and My Bosco
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: johnneycool on September 18, 2007, 08:26:44 AM
From what I can see only Square Ball and Whitehair backed Bredagh to win the JHC.

Whitehair had the inside track on Ballela who everyone else fancied, maybe he didn't try so that he could get one up on the predictions thread!!!
 ;)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Our Nail Loney on September 18, 2007, 10:03:22 AM
Any odds for the Bosco Drumaness match?? Anyone knnow anywhere offering prices?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: southdown on September 18, 2007, 06:20:26 PM
Nial Loney, you would need to watch you dont turn out like fellow county man Oisin with all these bets!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Our Nail Loney on September 18, 2007, 10:08:11 PM
How do you know I am from Armagh??
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: kinghen on September 19, 2007, 02:22:53 PM
i'll give ya odds of 10-1 for bosco our naill!!!  :-*
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Our Nail Loney on September 19, 2007, 04:13:48 PM
I'm not looking Bosco plus you're not a bookie hen!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 20, 2007, 10:05:46 AM
i,ll take 10-1 hen
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Our Nail Loney on September 20, 2007, 11:13:21 AM
Put your money where your mouth is kinghen!!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: kinghen on September 20, 2007, 11:40:43 AM
that price was only for our naill back when i thought he was a bosco man! i have since became aware of his whereabouts

think bosco rly heavily on wee kyle tho!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on September 24, 2007, 08:44:29 AM
Colonel Cool was the only one who went for Ballycran to win the SHC. Fair play to him. I'd say he has a sore head this morning.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on September 24, 2007, 02:52:58 PM
Colonel Cool was the only one who went for Ballycran to win the SHC. Fair play to him. I'd say he has a sore head this morning.

 ;D
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 26, 2007, 12:03:58 PM
boys with me wee team in the junior fotball final i have been too busy to post, so here are my redictions for the 2 finals in Newcastle on Sunday.

Int.  Downpatrick v Ballymartin- both teams have done well to get this far and i wish them both the best, i am going to go for Ballymartin, they disposed of my favs Ballyholland in the semis and i always said who ever beats the harps will get my vote, very little in it tough...... Ballymartin by 2

Junior. Have to be very careful what i say here the two favourites got into the final and it will prove to be a tense contest, Drumaness going un-beaten in the the 4th Div , Bosco finishing in 5th in the 3Rd Div, a lot of key battles throughout the pitch , think it will be close but am still going for the Bosco by the minimum of scores.........Bosco by 1
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on September 26, 2007, 05:43:11 PM
IFC Downpatrick v Ballymartin  - Downpatrick by 5 points.

JFC Bosco v Drumaness - Bosco by 2 pts

IHC Ballycran v Ballygalget - Ballycran by a point.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 26, 2007, 05:51:55 PM
I will agree with Aristotle with his football predictions, but will take the Galget just to be different. who is reffing the IHC?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: weeman on September 26, 2007, 11:09:11 PM
Liam Quinn - Bredagh
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 26, 2007, 11:11:58 PM
Liam Quinn - Bredagh

less said about that the better!! ;D
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Colonel Cool on September 27, 2007, 08:27:06 AM
This weeks Championship matches:-

Saturday 29 September

In Ballyholland
1pm RFC Final
Burren v Castlewellan - Castlewellan

2.30pm PRFC Final
Burren v Clonduff - Burren

Sunday 30 September

1.15pm in Portaferry
IHC Final
Ballygalget v Ballycran - Ballycran

In Newcastle
2.30pm JFC Final
Bosco v Drumaness - Bosco

IFC Final
Ballymartin v Downpatrick - Downpatrick

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: goldenyears on September 27, 2007, 10:37:31 AM
downpatrick to beat ballymartin by at least 6 points.

dpatrick opted not to play 3 or 4 players including peter telford v ballyholland lastweek as they had played soccer the day before. they thought they wud have enough to beat harps without them and it back-fired. Based on the performance they gave (they actually deserved to win) and the playrs to come back in, and on whites performance v saval and their first half v harps in semi final, i am going big time for hoops
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: DownFanatic on September 27, 2007, 11:41:31 AM
IFC Final

Im sticking by my original prediction and going for Ballymartin to beat Downpatrick. The Whites may have slipped up against Saval last weekend but that has got a bad performance out of their system and this will do them no harm come Sunday as they will be refocused. Its going to be a tight game but Ballymartin will be seeking revenge for 2005.

JFC Final

Bosco are probably the youngest team in Down at the moment. I would say a good 90% of their team are 23 or under. Drumaness have have that wee bit more experience and they have been winning all year albeit against lesser opposition. However, winning is a habit and Drumaness will have far too much for Bosco. Im tempted to go for a big Drumaness win here but Bosco may keep it down to a 3 or 4 point margin.

Verdicts: Ballymartin and Drumaness
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: kinghen on September 27, 2007, 03:03:53 PM
i think burren will beat c'wellan in the reserve final, if their performance against burren in the PRFC is anythin to go by, i cant see the reserve side being very good!
plus think they will be missing a few of their "experienced" players because of the down masters making it to the final!!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: passedit on September 27, 2007, 03:07:11 PM
Kinghen, is it not the case that the Masters have to replay their semi final as they were caught out playing an 'Underage' player.  :o
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 27, 2007, 09:38:01 PM
Kinghen, is it not the case that the Masters have to replay their semi final as they were caught out playing an 'Underage' player.  :o
was it young whitnell ? heard  a whisper
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: passedit on September 27, 2007, 11:53:06 PM
Indeed. By six days apparently.   ::)
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: kinghen on September 28, 2007, 12:59:00 PM
i think it was eventually established that peter was elligible to play under the ruling that if you are 39 then you are in your 40th year?? not sure its just what i heard, plus imo i doubt it was whitnell's "youth" that helped the down masters secure a place in the final!!??
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: passedit on September 28, 2007, 03:21:37 PM
i think it was eventually established that peter was elligible to play under the ruling that if you are 39 then you are in your 40th year?? not sure its just what i heard, plus imo i doubt it was whitnell's "youth" that helped the down masters secure a place in the final!!??

Hen, you have to be 39 at the start of the year, it appears Peter turned 39 on 6 January. The match is refixed for this weekend so I presume he won't be playing.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on September 30, 2007, 11:04:50 AM
apart from being over 40 what other stipulation is there to play for the down masters, have a few years yet lads to get fit again
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 30, 2007, 06:27:04 PM
DF, well of the mark on both counts, who won the IHC?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: dundrumite on September 30, 2007, 06:45:32 PM
DF I hope ur tipping bredagh to beat us next saturday  :o
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 30, 2007, 06:49:09 PM
DF I hope ur tipping bredagh to beat us next saturday  :o

is there a time and venue for this yet?
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Square Ball on September 30, 2007, 07:08:26 PM
Senior Football: Kilcoo
Senior Hurling: Ballygalget

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Intermedate Hurling:  No idea,

Junior Football: Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh

Premier Reserve Football: Kilcoo
Reserve Football: Burran

well thats that for me. 4/8 not bad
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on October 01, 2007, 08:00:40 AM
This weeks Championship matches:-

Saturday 29 September

In Ballyholland
1pm RFC Final
Burren v Castlewellan - Castlewellan

2.30pm PRFC Final
Burren v Clonduff - Burren

Sunday 30 September

1.15pm in Portaferry
IHC Final
Ballygalget v Ballycran - Ballycran

In Newcastle
2.30pm JFC Final
Bosco v Drumaness - Bosco

IFC Final
Ballymartin v Downpatrick - Downpatrick


5 out of 5 for the colonel Cool?
Title: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: 5 Sams on October 01, 2007, 09:03:10 AM
Premier Reserve Final was a draw....good game with Burren going ahead with a monstrous point from Kevin McGovern well into injury time. Ball went back up the field and the Burren corner back won possession only to kick across his own goal and give the ball away...point for Clonduff...ref blew the whistle.

Replay is back in our place on Saturday at 4 o'clock.


BTW Burren won the first game easy.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Aristotle Flynn on October 01, 2007, 09:20:09 PM
I don't think there's too many close to getting all 8 right!
Results so far:-

Senior Football: Mayobridge/Longstone
Senior Hurling: Ballycran

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick
Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran

Junior Football: John Bosco
Junior Hurling: Bredagh

Premier Reserve Football: Burren/Clonduff
Reserve Football: Burren

Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: boscomo on October 09, 2007, 01:34:52 PM
boys will sumone start an ulster club prediction page or is it already set up and going.
cheers,
good come back by the stone, silly business behind the goals tough.
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: Bacon on October 18, 2007, 08:00:09 AM
Who got what right?

Senior Football: Mayobridge - most posters went for the Bridge
Senior Hurling: Ballycran - only Colonel Cool & Pull Hard Hes No Relation

Intermediate Football: Downpatrick - Aristotle, Square Ball.
Intermedate Hurling: Ballycran - Aristotle, Amallon, Colonel Cool, jpmac

Junior Football: John Bosco - Me, Bridgegael, Amallon, Square Ball, Whitehair,Bcarrier, Brick Tamlin, Johnnie99, Colonel Cool, Lecale, jpmac, T O'Hare
Junior Hurling: Bredagh - Square Ball, Whitehair, South Down, jpmac

Premier Reserve Football: Burren - South Down, jpmac
Reserve Football: Burren - Bridgegael, Amallon, Square Ball, Whitehair, Brick Tamlin, Hedgehog, Johhie99, Lecale, DownFanatic
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: spiritof91and94 on October 18, 2007, 09:17:11 AM
Who got what right?


Premier Reserve Football: Burren - South Down, jpmac



Clonduff won this on Saturday!
Title: Re: Down Championship Predictions Competition
Post by: billy the kid on November 09, 2007, 01:35:11 PM
I think the GPA should be ashamed of themselves they are undermining everything the GAA stands for.  What they are asking for is Pay for |Play dressed up in fancy clothes.

They are an elitist Organisation who are only concerned with themselves and I firmly believe its a case of a few leading the many.

Donít get me wrong i totally agree with players being treated well and looked after if they get injured but they are always looking for more and more.

Currently every season inter-county players in Derry get:

2 pairs of boots
2 full kits a season,
2 full sets of training gear. (1 wet and 1 normal)
1 rain jacket
1 zip up top
1 jumper
2 polo shirts
1 tracksuit
Home training Equipment
Free access to state of the art gym

All the above are official Derry gear from O neills with emblems and crests and this is only the gear I KNOW FOR CERTAIN they get!

Also they have access to a top class physio, team doctor dietician and heart screening facilities.

they receive meals after ALL games and on the way to away games

they get fed after every training

and they also get VERY GOOD rebates on their mileage expenses.

Again these are jut the things i KNOW FOR CERTAIN!!

for each national league game they receive 4 passes each allowing friends and family to gain admission to the games for FREE and the passes can be used for both hurling and football even if only involved in one code.

They receive at least 2 and sometimes more FREE tickets for ALL championship matches they are involved in

They receive 2 good tickets for the all Ireland final in their code (hurling or football) for FREE

Before the club championship begins they receive a pass allowing them to gain FREE entry to ALL championship matches within the county in EITHER code at ANY level
 
The above list was given to me when I asked a PRESENT COUNTY PLAYER from our club about conditions at inter-county level.

I donít think anyone would begrudge them these things as the gear and medical farcicalities are a MUST and so are the mileage expenses and the meals.

The other stuff are added perks and again I would say Just right they are training very hard and giving a big commitment to Our County.

Looking at the list I would say our county players are fairly well looked after wouldnít you? And this is just the example of our county alot of other counties like Armagh and Tyrone get even more gear and perks which again is fair enough.

But to ask for money and to make out that they are so hard done by and listening to some of their leaders youíd think some were hardly fit to feed themselves and on the way to financial ruin is an absolute myth and border line lie!! Nobodies making them play!!!

What ever happened to being proud to play for your county and pride in the jersey? That used to be enough to make people play for their counties.

Has Pride and honour fallen of the radar of the GPA in their obsession with self-worth and self-gain.
If pride in the jersey and being honoured to represent your County plus the list i have supplied arenít enough to make individuals play for OUR county teams do we really want them to? The type of character who would undermine the very fabric of our great organisation to line his own pockets.   

I was also informed by the County player from my own Club that most county players donít want to strike but are being openly pressurised to do so. Is this Democracy?

Its also evident the GPA are so far removed from the grassroots GAA and the supporters that they havenít noticed that the vast majority are strongly against it, but why would they listen to us mere mortals?

Down Manager Ross Carr has the right idea:

If these prima donnas strike and refuse to play Each County should find a panel of players who will represent their counties for pride honour and the other perks i listed. There would be a stampede to trials and it would totally negate the strike and render their actions futile and meaningless.

We cannot let the elitist few hold the rest of us to ransom while they try to gain financially for doing what most TRUE Gaels consider an Honour and a privilege Ė PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTY