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Laois / Re: Club transfers
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:56:22 AM »
Where is this fixture on looks like we could be on for a record Kelly Cup attendance😂😂😂

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: February 12, 2019, 10:27:53 AM »
Arles Kilcruise interesting enough transfer Chris O Donovan,  did he not play for Cork a good few years ago.

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:44:37 PM »
Have utterly no idea, but it can't be instant.

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: February 09, 2019, 05:19:53 PM »
8 may be too radical but say 12 in total, with two divisional teams.

Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: February 08, 2019, 02:02:43 PM »
I see no reason why we can't try divisional sides, there is an appetite for it at the moment.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: January 26, 2019, 08:34:03 PM »
You would have to be happy

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:19:29 PM »
I agree with High Fielder, likewise I trust Sugrue to get it right.  Next I will agreeing with Tony ;D,  itís a weird place to be nearly everyone singing from same hymn sheet.  Slightly worrying as I am sure there are flaws but we are all happy to acknowledge and overlook.  Good Luck Laois this weekend

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: January 21, 2019, 09:50:49 AM »
I think we should always be prioritizing promotion, I felt from the very start of Sugrue's reign that under previous management teams, we were victims of complete mismanagement,  I personally think we are a mid table Div 2 team.  If they miss promotion a fair analysis is asked for, but I have been impressed with Sugrue thus far and what his doing within Laois Football.   Long term John Sugrue has been a good appointment for Laois Football, but we should always reflect on the short-term.  Offaly are begging players to come in, I don't think there are too many in Laois who said no.  Quite the opposite a lot bulling that they are not in with them and others worried about their places. This is start of a recovery but always have decent targets.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:01:24 PM »
A divided country, this is chaos.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:52:53 PM »
Could the DUP in the greatest act of suicide by looking for no backstop actually initiate a United Ireland process.  Would be funny

Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: January 08, 2019, 06:16:09 PM »
He was the only one that did not concede a goal, so thatís a plus.

Laois / Re: Football Club Managers 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 09:47:09 PM »

Laois / Re: Football Club Managers 2019
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:44:32 PM »
Hugh part 3 for Kileen

Laois / Re: Football Club Managers 2019
« on: December 18, 2018, 02:57:31 PM »
I see Stradbally gone with Derek Conroy

Laois / Re: 2019 Bord na Můna Walsh Cup
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:32:40 AM »
Eddie is shocking naive if he was expecting the same level of commitment in Laois as is in Kilkenny. I suppose to be fair, he was asked a question and he answered it; I doubt he sought out anyone to complain to.

Part of our issue is down to mentality but a larger part is pure realism.

Hurling with Laois is not an attractive proposition. I think too much is made of issues between clubs. Yes, the Rathdowney/Errill-Camross dynamic might be strained but in general, I don't think these things really affect the panel.
The issue is the level of commitment required for Laois to be competitive at Joe McDonagh; the levels needed to win it or to step up a level are even more daunting.
We have a young panel who are miles off the pace in terms of strength and conditioning. We focus on that too much and there aren't enough nights available to work on their actual hurling. Cheddar saw this and expected 5-6 nights a week; it's somewhat doable for a year or two but it's not sustainable...especially when the end result won't see us hurling in August and will garner little respect or acknowledgment outside of Laois and a token paragraph or two in the national media.

Looking down through the panel for the Carlow game, we simply don't have enough Matthew Whelans. He has been on the Laois panel since he was 19; hurled three years minor before that. I don't think he ever took a year out and bar one fall-out, has never had an issue with management in any kind of destructive way.
We as a supporter base accentuate an issue here. We, and I am culpable too, still harp on about the Zane Keenans ahilst taking for granted the Tommy Fitz, Willie Hyland or Brian Stapletons who committed over the guts of a decade.
There are a handful of other current panelists who are in the same boat and may some day achieve the same longevity.
But there are others who have fallen away and come back in for a multitude of reasons. They lose conditioning and have to restart again, if not from scratch, at least a level below where they were or where they could be.

Some of the social media commentary is laughable. The blaming of the County Board is overly simplistic and plainly wrong.
The only way we will pull our way out of this malaise is to develop our underage structures and that starts with clubs. Yes, the county board can and must facilitate this but they County Executive will only ever be as good as the ideas, energy and personnel sent in from the clubs.
We need a mindset change at juvenile level and we need a mentality shift when young lads move into secondary school at U13 level. It must become an accomplishment to make a Development Panel like it was with the footballers back in the 90s.
We need to promote a standard of excellence that engenders a sense of pride in being a Laois hurler. That needs to be an achievement in itself. Our current senior panel has, for the last couple of years, been filled out by players who have not established themselves as club hurlers. I'm not critical of these individuals because their commitment is commendable but it does dilute the overall quality of the panel and I believe, by extension, the level of focus, determination and commitment of the panel as a whole.

The mentality side of things is evident in some clubs more than others. Certain players will see their prospects of success at club level as far more attainable than county level. For others, the only way they will test themselves is by going in with the county; the alternative is to slog away at Division 1a/2/3 in the Spring.
It's hard to blame them as things stand but it further highlights the desperate need for us to develop a sense of identity and pride in being a Laois hurler. Starting that at senior is simply too late; we have to look much younger.

Not a hurling man but completely agree.

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