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General discussion / Re: UK General Election December 2019
« on: November 12, 2019, 01:15:29 AM »
Conservative majority now at 4/7. No overall majority at 13/8 with Labour majority at 20/1.

As they say, bookies rarely get it wrong!

Oh dear. Border down the Irish sea. The DUP will find this rather upsetting.

Oh won’t they just, another Conservative government selling the Ulster men out lol! It just be like 1985 Anglo Irish Agreement all over again. Arlene,Dodds,Wilson,Campbell an co. will take to streets again. What’s chances of another NEVER NEVER NEVER speech - Ulster says no campaign be on the cards.

General discussion / Re: UK General Election December 2019
« on: November 07, 2019, 05:39:44 AM »
Firstly, best wishes to Sylvia Hermon really sad to see her stepping down. North Down now looks a complete banker for DUP. I heard rumours few weeks ago that Diane Dodds was going to run for that seat, however her name has popped up to run for Upper Bann.

Brexit Referendum 2016
Total electorate: 65,660
Turnout: 44,211 (67.3%)
Votes to REMAIN: 23,131 (52.4%)
Votes to LEAVE: 21,046 (47.6%).

NI Assembly Election 2017
DUP 14,152 (37.5%) 2 seats
UUP 8,115 (21.5%) 1 seat
Alliance 7,014 (18.6%) 1 seat
Green 5,178 (13.7%) 1 seat
Ind 1,369 (3.6%)
SDLP 679 (1.8%)
Con 641 (1.7%)
SF 591 (1.6%)

Westminster Election 2017
Sylvia Hermon (Ind) 16,148 (41.2%)
Alex Easton (DUP) 14,940 (38.1%)
Andrew Muir (Alliance) 3.639 (9.3%)
Steven Agnew (Green) 2,549 (6.5%)
Frank Shivers (Con) 941 (2.4%)
Therese McCartney (SF) 531 (1.4%)
Caoimhe McNeill (SDLP) 400 (1.0%)
Gavan Reynolds (Ind) 37 (0.1%)

After closing analysing the figures for this there is still hope for DUP to be defeated here. Could the Pro-Remain side run a independent candidate?? Does the UUP believe they can gain back this consistency? Finally does Alliance have a chance?? Views folks

General discussion / Re: UK General Election December 2019
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:28:40 PM »
Key Battleground of South Belfast:

Brexit Referendum 2016:
Total electorate: 66,664
Turnout: 44,583 (66.9%), 3/18.
Votes to REMAIN: 30,960 (69.5%);
Votes to LEAVE: 13,596 (30.5%).
Third highest REMAIN vote share in Northern Ireland

Westminster Election 2017:
Emma Little Pengelly (DUP) 13,299 (30.4%)
Alasdair McDonnell (SDLP) 11,303 (25.9%)
Paula Bradshaw (Alliance) 7,946 (18.2%)
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (SF) 7,143 (16.3%)
Clare Bailey (Green) 2,241 (5.1%)
Michael Henderson (UUP) 1,527 (3.5%)
Clare Salier (Con) 246 (0.6%)

Surely the Pro-Remain parties must do a election pack here, but if they do who gets the free run? It either have to be Claire Hanna (SDLP) or Paula Bradshaw (Alliance). Views Folks??

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:44:04 PM »
It is 8/11 for the vote to pass tomorrow in HOC.

Surprised it is favourite considering the outcry about how shite it was yesterday.

Over the past 24 hours I’ve noticed a swing towards this deal. Most of the ‘British’ national newspapers covering the story seem to be in favour of this deal, however one of the newspapers I think it was The Times(correct me if am wrong) states 65% of leave and remain voters want there MPS to support this Deal. I did say last night that I could see Boris edging this, I can see most Labour MPS for Leave constituencies backing this because they face being destroyed in a general election. Someone did say how ‘Lady’ Hermon will vote on this? I actually see her voting for this deal, it’s not the worse of deals for the north of Ireland.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:19:37 AM »
My figures have it the Deal will be rejected 321  - 318. Had 7Labour MPs voting in favour of the Deal however a few journalists are predicting 10-12 Labour could vote in favour, I still wouldn’t rule out Boris edging this.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 24, 2019, 11:28:19 AM »
Former Antrim star and highly regarded coach Kevin Madden is to join Tyrone’s backroom team.

Confirming Madden’s arrival on the Tyrone scene, manager Mickey Harte said: “He’s joining our backroom team for the 2020 season and we’re all very pleased to have him.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: August 03, 2019, 03:34:46 PM »
So if we went for a starred game system Slaughtneil would have went out to play certain games less 7 county hurlers and 7 county footballers, almost all of which are duel players.  Hardly a great reward for a team sending players to play for the county.  A better solution would need to be found than this.

This is a good point to be fair.
However, this is more the exception than the norm and in this case Slaughtneil are a victim of their own success. Its not very often any single club team supplies so many county players, there's rarely more than 2-3 from a club.
It's impossible to come up with a perfect solution, so I still think the starred games are the answer as they will generally mean most teams are affected the same way.
I think someone mentioned earlier, that in Tyrone for the teams who are affected by starred games the fixtures are set in such a way that they will be playing teams in a similar position. So lets say, Glen and Lavey are both down 3 county men, they are fixed to play each other so neither should have more or less of an advantage.
Again, not perfect...but it gives the clubs competitive games and the fringe players in the clubs a chance to progress too.
The biggest negative to this is the fringe county player who isn't getting county matches also missing club games. That's where the county management and club management need to work together.

Next year we’re likely to have Danny, Mcevoy, clucker and Odhran Lynch on the county panel. If we have to play 5/6 league games in the middle of the season without these players it means it’s unlikely we’ve a chance of winning the league. Slaughtneil the same. That devalues the competition and takes away from whoever wins it. At the moment not one county player misses a league game because of county commitments. Non county players continue to have games every week for the duration of county championship. That’s a pretty good compromise even if it’s not perfect.

Its a good compromise for who? County players are not compromising as they are playing all county and club games (although fringe players could possibly get no games).
Clubs are not compromising as they get all their county players for league games, but the fringe players in the club don't get any league games.
Club players are the ones making the compromises. They have to settle for a large section of the season playing meaningless games only to possibly lose their place when the county men come back.
It all depends on your perspective of who you are trying to please with the setup. For me, the current setup suits everyone except the non-county club players, which are in the majority.

The starred games approach, puts the club players first. Clubs still have their county players for the championship, club players get meaningful games and a chance to earn a championship place, club supporters still have meaningful games to follow during the summer months and in my opinion this approach has more advantages than disadvantages.

The players who’ll lose their place when the county men come back are the same players who wouldn’t have played any games if the county men were there all the time. It’s these players who get the most out of the league cups. They’re getting games for the first team that they normally wouldn’t get.

Jaysus Lenny,
Do you have an agenda here?

It is one of the worst systems in the country.
What players from other counties would love the Derry system?
What players within the county love it bar the select few?

It is a shitshow from start to finish and it seems you deflect or act like a politician when someone makes a good point or asks a decent question

Wtf are you talking about? Every post I’ve made has specifically addressed points made to me. There has been no deflection. A couple of the players I’ve spoken to are from Tyrone clubs. They went 7 or 8 weeks of summer weather with one league match and they’re sick of it. Every year the county team go well it means very few games in the summer with absolutely no idea when the games will be fitted in. At this stage clubs in Tyrone have played 8 games, in Derry they’ve played 6 not a massive difference. The big difference is the club players in Derry have had another 7 or 8 games organised for them in the form of league cups.

Wise up Lenny. I am a Tyrone man first of all. Of course our lads are gutted at one game in 7 weeks but under NO circumstances would they accept no game in 12 weeks and certainly not glorified cup competition in that time. All our clubs are not happy but much happier than their Derry counterparts - the Derry set up is shambolic and your senior team lost 6 weeks ago! If your county team for example qualified for the super 8’s then to date this year your club players would have played 4 games so far - horrendous stuff. 4 games in 4 months! It is not easy admittedly to keep everyone happy but I can guarantee you every Tyrone player (albeit currently unhappy) would accept their system over the Derry system - 100% certain about that

No senior or reserve league games  in 12+ weeks is a complete joke!! If you don’t play for the county the county board simply don’t give to craps about you! Hopefully the clubs don’t stand for this next year.

General discussion / Re: Elections North and South
« on: May 22, 2019, 01:09:37 AM »
Agreed. As much as i like naomi having 2 actual nationalists will be even sweeter so I hope Collum gets it. If transfers follow the latest lucid talk poll then naomi will sneak it. If transfers follow the recent council elections then collum will get it. Either way kennedy is toast snd just as well as he has been crap in the debates

If you are in the occupied territories, get out and and vote and make sure to transfer.

All the unionists spinning the's all about the union.  Worst thing that can happen would be a 6 county pro-Brexit vote so, as you say, everyone needs 1,2and 3 for pro remain parties.

I couldn’t agree more folks! Everyone needs to get out on Thursday an vote for Pro Remain Parties. Electing 2 Remainers should send the message loud an clear, just like 2016 us in the North of Ireland want to REMAIN in the EU!! 1.Anderson 2.Eastwood 3.Long for me!!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: December 23, 2018, 08:30:48 AM »
Is there any truth that Dillion is the new Roger Casement’s Portglenone Manager for 2019 as I heard from another source that he has come to a agreement with Pearce’s Kilrea.

Also many other manager changes as lately? Cassidy committed to another year with the champions?

Westminster Election 2017:
Ian Paisley (DUP) 28,521 (58.9%, +15.7%)
Cara McShane (SF) 7,878 (16.3%, +4.0%)
Jackson Minford (UUP) 3,482 (7.2%, -4.9%)
Timothy Gaston (TUV) 3,282 (6.8%, -8.9%)
Patricia O'Lynn (Alliance) 2,723 (5.6%, ±0)
Declan O'Loan (SDLP) 2,574 (5.3%, -1.7%)

Brexit Referendum 2016
Votes to REMAIN: 18,782 (37.8%)
Votes to LEAVE: 30,938 (62.2%).
Highest LEAVE vote in Northern Ireland.

These results clearly prove that it is completely pointless to run a anti-Brexit joint candidate if it comes to by-election.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:16:26 PM »
Anyone having a guess at the team?

1.ben mckinless
2.conor mccluskey
3.brendan rodgers
4.karl mckaigue
5.kevin johnston
6.christopher mckaigue
7.micheal mcevoy
8.conor mcatamney
9.paudie tad cassidy
10.enda lynn
11.emmett bradley
12.carlus mcwilliams
13.jimmy kielt
14.mark lynch
15.shane mcguigan

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:12:05 AM »
One really sad result from tonight was Ardmore’s no score to 6-22 for Limavady.

They have been struggling for a while and hope this is not going to be like this for the rest of the year.

Well done to Swatragh beating Ballinderry.

We drew with vale and probably a fair result. Proper ‘first game of the year’ craic.

The lads who turned out for Ardmore have to be given credit for not giving up right up until the final whistle but it wasn't very nice to watch.

Couldn’t agree more, fair play to Ardmore for not conceding the fixture, plenty others would off. But it’s extremely sad to see scoreline like this. However on a other note great result for Swatragh, think lot folk underestimating them, they have alot great young players. Finally it maybe to early to make predictions but think Kilrea will struggle this season, wouldn’t be surprised if they go down.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: October 05, 2017, 02:09:19 PM »
1)   McMullan – Slaughtneil
2)   McKaigue – Slaughtneil
3)   Rogers – Slaughtneil
4)   McNeil – Slaughtneil
5)   Feeny – Slaughtneil
6)   Mckaigue – Slaughtneil
7)   Brooks – Newbridge
8)   Bateson – Newbridge
9)   Bradley – Glen
10)   McGrath Slaughtneil
11)   Bradley – Slaughtneil
12)   McGuigan – Slaughtneil
13)   Sammy – Slaughtneil
14)   Herron – Screen
15)   Conway - Quigan

Unlucky to miss out - Sweeny (Newbridge) Sweeny (F'vale) McFaul (Glen) McBride (Screen) Burke (Newbridge)

Also never seen any junior championship matches this year so can't include anyone.

No Greenlough players toby47?

Ah, genuine mistake. Loughlin in for Conway and Lynn in the unlucky pile. People might say more deserve a say but we have to remember they beat Glenullin (just promoted) and Banagher (just relegated)

Toby47 you werent far away from your Derry Club Allstar selections, this was the Irish News Derry Club Allstar selections; Still think there are few unlucky players that wasn't included.

1.McMullan (Slaughtneil)
2.McBride (Screen)
3.Rodgers (Slaughtneil)
4.K McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
5.McWilliams (Screen)
6.C McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
7.McEldowney (Slaughtneil)
8.Bradley (Slaughtneil)
9.Heron (Screen)
10.Sammy (Slaughtneil)
11.Mulgrew (Ballinascreen)
12.Lynn (Greenlough)
13.Shane McGuigan (Slaughtneil)
14.Se McGuigan (Slaughtneil)
15.Loughlin (Greenlough)

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:22:36 PM »
1)   McMullan – Slaughtneil
2)   McKaigue – Slaughtneil
3)   Rogers – Slaughtneil
4)   McNeil – Slaughtneil
5)   Feeny – Slaughtneil
6)   Mckaigue – Slaughtneil
7)   Brooks – Newbridge
8)   Bateson – Newbridge
9)   Bradley – Glen
10)   McGrath Slaughtneil
11)   Bradley – Slaughtneil
12)   McGuigan – Slaughtneil
13)   Sammy – Slaughtneil
14)   Herron – Screen
15)   Conway - Quigan

Unlucky to miss out - Sweeny (Newbridge) Sweeny (F'vale) McFaul (Glen) McBride (Screen) Burke (Newbridge)

Also never seen any junior championship matches this year so can't include anyone.

No Greenlough players toby47?

General discussion / Re: Stormont Assembly Elections 2017
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:59:00 PM »
It's not looking good that Deal will be reached in time for Mondays deadline. I couldn't agree more with SF, both British & Irish Governments need to be more involved like they were previously with GFA & St.Andrews. Hopefully our elected folks can agree on some principles over weekend because at this stage Direct Rule would be disastrous under Tories/DUP relationship.

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