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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:48:31 PM »
Said I'd show how little I know about football.... :o

Portlaoise v Ballylinan - Portlaoise
Courtwood v O’Dempsey’s - O' Dempseys
Rosenallis v Ballyfin - Draw (Ballyfin in the replay)
Stradbally v Portarlington - Portarlington
Arles-Killeen v Graiguecullen - Killeen
The Heath v Arles-Kilcruise - Draw (Kilcruise in the replay)
Killeshin v Emo - Killeshin
Ballyroan-Abbey v St Joseph’s - St Joseph’s

Laois / Re: Laois Club SHC 2020
« on: August 01, 2020, 11:04:22 AM »
Good synopsis Keyser.
I wouldn't bet against you being right.

Just to mention the streaming again, it's a really great service. There were a couple of little glitches at times but that could well be my broadband. I thought the commentators were good again.

RE will be slightly happier with the draw last night as they were nowhere near their best. They were reliant on frees but a lot of them were hard-earned and followed good play. They'll be content enough with their performance at the back, especially with Eric Killeen to come back in. A couple of other niggely injuries to Kelly and Kavanagh will clear up in time and they'll feel they're in a strong position now.

The stop-start nature of the game was frustrating but I think those types of games tend to suit CB. They will probably feel aggrieved at some of the decisions but I can't think of too many the ref got blatantly wrong to be honest. He's consistently inconsistent which frustrates teams.
They probably played the better hurling for most of the game but ill-discipline and profligacy in front of goal remain issues. It is easy to see how Picky Maher and Lee Cleere's absences really blunted them in the semi-final last year.
Interesting change in goals too; encouraging debut for Cathal Dunne who is highly-regarded.

I thought when RE went ahead that the game might slip away; that has been the issue with CB a lot over the last few years. But to their credit, they rallied well and dominated the closing period. If they can maintain that level of consistency and tidy-up a few areas, they'll be a threat this year.

I'd be shocked if either team stumbled against Castletown or Abbeyleix. They both look strong in a lot of areas and both should improve as the championship progresses.

Looking at potential county players, I thought Diarmuid Conway was outstanding marking Ross King. He might still be a bit light but he looks a really fine prospect.

Laois / Re: Laois Club SHC 2020
« on: July 31, 2020, 10:38:19 AM »
Enjoyed the streaming last night.
Well done to all involved; I'm not sure how financially viable the service will be in the long-term but I really appreciated getting to watch a championship match after such a difficult and uncertain few months.

Decent performance from two good teams I felt. Neither hit anywhere near their best form but that's to be expected.

Keyser mentioned in another thread that this condensed year might suit Camross and CB....I actually think the opposite. I think both RE and BK have quite settled teams whereas Camross and CB have had to blood a raft of young players over the last couple of years. BK are arguably the most-settled team with only the addition of Enda Parlon to the full-back line and Emmet Jones standing in for PJ Scully.
I hope Matthew Whelan's injury isn't too serious because he'd be a monumental loss to a team that I think might be the one to beat.

I'd strongly fancy RE tonight. Back between 06-14, they were incredible at timing their form to have their strongest players peaking at the right time. I expect the same this year and I think they'll have too much steel at the back and firepower up front for a CB side who may need a bit of time to click into gear.

I think Ballinakill will have too much nous for Rosenallis tomorrow but I think both will hold their own at senior level.

Castletown and Abbeyleix is a very tough game to call. I've gone back and forth on this a few times but I have a feeling Abbeyleix might just pull off a little bit of a shock.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:36:24 PM »
Is there any news on Laois Gaa streaming’s the Club Senior games this weekend??

I think there is a meeting tonight to hopefully confirm everything.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:34:24 PM »
I actually disagree on all 4 predictions Ogie. Definitely a first.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:10:13 PM »
I must be living under the same rock as Ogie because I also expect games come the autumn.
The rate in the increase of cases is under 1% and falling; if this continues then it is absolutely feasible that we could have contact sport in 3 months time.

Of course, maybe we wont but the rush from some people to draw a line through the year and rule everything out is tiresome.

Is it such a bad thing to maintain the hope that we'll have an autumn of hurling and football?
Is it such a bad thing that young lads can continue to train and exercise in the hope that they'll get to be part of a team environment down the line?

I'd imagine most club players are still doing some running and maybe conditioning work if they can. There will be an ebb and flow; some weeks there'll be savage motivation, other weeks it'll wane.

The priority for us all is to stay healthy....and that includes mentally.
I'm perfectly happy to keep in the back of my mind that we could have a condensed club season in the autumn. I'd imagine plenty are thinking similarly.

And if it turns out we don't; so be it.

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: March 14, 2020, 09:15:16 AM »
Only for GAA, Laois Today would be toast and non existent. They should listen before talking. Miller and Hartnett more football in the stones on the ground.
They throw in a blonde every so often!

I think that blonde comment is unfair.

The 'blonde' you are referring to was unequivocally their most-passionate voice for hurling. She has left the position and they are worse off without her.

I'm not a fan of the podcast at all and haven't listened to it much. I find it a bit self-indulgent to be honest. I can't imagine  it lasting.
In general, the website does provide a good service, albeit one that prioritises quantity over quality.

As for the Laois GAA website, there are definite improvements. With a new PRO and Administrator now in-situ, hopefully we'll see further developments.

Laois / Re: New Managers 2020
« on: March 05, 2020, 07:52:40 AM »
Who is with Jimmy Walsh in Ballinakill Merman? I know BK have an S&C in as well not sure of his name,
Clough Ballacolla also have an S&C guy on board

Eamon Jackman and Seamus Dwyer are assisting Walsh, as far as I know anyway.

I think Camross have an excellent team too actually; they'll be 'fun' to watch on the sideline this year.

It's brilliant to see so many internal management teams. Expenses saved can be directed into facilities or resources that should yield long-term benefits.

Laois / Re: New Managers 2020
« on: March 04, 2020, 02:49:10 PM »
Ballinakill and Borris/Kilcotton have brilliant management teams.

Laois / Re: Allianz Hurling League 2020
« on: March 02, 2020, 07:57:19 AM »
So much wishful thinking on this post

Brennan will be gone after this year

And we won’t sink anyone next year never mind this year

At least my wishful thinking cancels out your constant negativity. Anyone listening to you would think the best thing to do is to rip up Brennan’s contract, use the money saved to send Roddy and the boys on a summer long session and encourage all the young lads in Laois to celebrate July the 12th by creating a bonfire out of every hurl in the county.

I just hope that you are not let within an asses roar of managing any juvenile team in Clonad or further a field. You’d suck the life out any ambition they’d have. It’s because of attitudes like yours that we historically have been under achievers. Probably the same attitude permeates many of those players that won’t hurl for the county. Negativity begets negativity. Black cat - black kitten: be wiser with your words.

You dont really believe he is from Clonad do you?

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: February 21, 2020, 09:53:41 PM »
Congrats to the Laois U20s.

Back-to-back Leinster Finals is tremendous work.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: January 12, 2020, 09:16:57 PM »
Derek McGrath coaching Faythe Harriers

You’d wonder how he’s going to coach our minors with a Wexford senior team

According to some on here, Derek McGrath must he finishing up shortly as he is only involved on a limited basis..........

Faythe Harriers posted the following on their Facebook page:

The Club is delighted to announce that Tony ‘Sack’ Walsh will manage our senior hurling team for the coming year 2020. We want to wish Tony and his management team the very best of luck for the year ahead. They will be supported by Derek McGrath who will be providing back up support and advice on certain occasions throughout the year. Derek’s involvement is limited throughout the year as we understand his full commitment lies with the Laois minors. In saying that we are excited to have someone of Derek’s calibre involved. Safe to say we are in steady hands and look forward to the year ahead.

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: January 05, 2020, 01:38:47 PM »
Have Colt and Shanahoe announced their engagement yet or are they still keeping it a secret?

Nothing to announce.

Anything to announce now?

Well, it's appropriate to do so now. Amalgamation confirmed.
A lot of lies and half-truths have been spouted over christmas. Never an easy decision. Best of luck to all.

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: January 04, 2020, 10:31:51 AM »
Have Colt and Shanahoe announced their engagement yet or are they still keeping it a secret?

Nothing to announce.

Laois / Re: Laois Hurling Team 00-20
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:01:21 PM »
I always find these generational comparisons very difficult.
I was a little young to fully appreciate Niall Rigney and there's certainly a recency-bias with some of my picks.
I fully expect Podge Delaney, Aaron Dunphy, Mark Kavanagh and Lee Cleere to be definites across the next decade for example.

In terms on players who I feel would have made Kilkenny panels; I've always advocated for two in particularly.
Joe Fitzpatrick would have hurled for Kilkenny; he wouldn't have penetrated that incredible half-back line but he would have been a panelist for a decade.
One player I really feel would have claimed all-stars is John A Delaney. He's somewhat less heralded but compared to a lot his contemporaries but he was a hell of a corner back and got the better of some excellent hurlers down through the years.

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