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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: March 19, 2018, 08:42:13 PM »
Were they planning on Meath Louth going on tonight? Bit of a strange decision. It was postponed again though apparently weather was grand in Drogheda this evening. Sure we might as well delay the rest of the league and the O’Byrne Cup final till September when we’ll have nothing left to do.

GAA Discussion / Re: Pop-up Gaeltacht @ Monaghan v Donegal
« on: March 18, 2018, 09:54:25 AM »
Nice, should do that more often

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:37:33 PM »
Ah well, for a team that were being primed for promotion since October it says a lot about our team if that’s what we are amounting to now. I was quite pessimistic at the start of the year due to lads walking away and I think that pessimism is well founded. I don’t think we have a better qualified manager in the county than Andy but we’ve had over 8 years now of stagnation and if any good is going to come from this is that people will stop thinking that replacing the manager will make a difference. It won’t.

Graham Reilly aside we have a team that is definitely of Division 2 quality. Just about. I don’t think we’ll be relegated but we are walking wounded and Louth will be motivated to take us down with them. We have the talent to win the last two games but the lads will need to wipe the slate clean for the next two weeks and just focus on winning. Our forward lines have been very ineffective.

Whether we stay up or go down we as a county are not going to contend for any serious silverware outside of the O’Byrne Cup or Division 3 till probably around 2022 at the earliest by all indications.

General discussion / South Africa going the way of Zimbabwe
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:15:30 PM »

Something that has been simmering for years now appears to be coming to the fore in a nation, over 27 years since the end of apartheid and 8 years since hosting the World Cup, it looks like motions have been put in place by the government to forcefully dispossess white landowners after years of pressure from the quasi-communist EFF party.

Having got to know a number of Zimbabweans in my time who’s family fled Mugabe and of course we are all pretty aware of the fate of that country as a result i think we might be at the moment where South Africa completely goes off the rails.

Despite the promises of the rainbow nation idea the welfare of its black citizens have barely improved and the murder rates have skyrocketed, white farmers and their staff have been brutally preyed upon with police turning a blind eye. The civil infrastructure is crumbling with failures in sewage, water and electricity networks repeatedly failing.

GAA Discussion / Re: American Football gloves in GAA
« on: February 27, 2018, 07:37:41 PM »
Didn't realise they were bad in the wet. Surely there are receiver gloves that they use in the wet?

They’re grand for an American football which has a textured exterior as I said. A smooth wet O’Neills is a different ball game literally and figuratively.

GAA Discussion / Re: American Football gloves in GAA
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:04:06 PM »
I’ve tried out a few wide receiver gloves in Gaelic. They’re a bit unreliable. It’s a different kind of leather. The Wilson balls they use in NFL are knobbled in terms of texture whereas an O’Neills is smooth. They have a sticky kind tack texture on them which gets great traction at times but but could pull off a great catch with them one minute the next the ball is slipping off them like a bar of soap. They are absolutely useless in the wet on an O’Neills so I generally wouldn’t recommend it. They don’t offer any great advantage over Gaelic gloves.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: February 25, 2018, 09:47:33 PM »
Sure we’re within only 2 points of the promotion places. We’ll be grand.  8)

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:37:29 PM »
I reckon we’ll bounce back.  Just a hunch though

GAA Discussion / Re: Paddy O'Rourke's comments on intercounty demands
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:32:45 PM »
I think people are missing the point. We got to a semifinal in 2009 and the lads have been upping the commitment year on year ever since but getting less and less of a return. I think either the game goes professional in a few years or the arse falls out of it completely and you’ll be left with gross mismatches all the way to the final. The latter scenario is arguably upon us already.

It’s one thing to have lots of talent like Dublin but when your pickings are a little slimmer the amount you have to compensate for with fitness and extra gym work and so forth is killing the middle tier players. Hence the supposed lack of commitment among them.

Shane O’Rourke has been the stand out club player in Meath the last two seasons but won’t be making a return to the panel because in Andy McEntees own words he wouldn’t be able for the level of training. Paddy has been made Skryne captain already and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a big year with the club.

You have Lee Chin talking about being a full time player putting off studies and work so he can concentrate on his game. This isn’t what it’s about. I understand these guys are competitive but it’s not meant to be your life. It’s a pastime.

Sadly i think it’s going to be professionalism as super 8’s appears to be nothing more than to squeeze more games out of the players, which is more cash to be squeezed out of the supporters and more money to be got from TV rights. The players are going to want a cut soon enough.

My prediction is that Sky will buy the rights for the super8 games and the finals and we’ll be left with the scraps of mismatched provincial games and if it doesn’t completely die at that point I’ll be surprised.

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: February 05, 2018, 08:13:19 PM »
2 games in reasonably happy, played the 2 favorites for promotion, won one and had the other game dead and buried only for us to hand the game to roscommon inexcusably. Ill be surprised if we dont get at the very least 4 points from our next two games, would'nt rule out 6 but yesterday shows not to take anything for granted.

It rare to score two goals from penalties in game. TBH i would have thought Tipp would have more than just 1-5 from play against Roscommon defence thats wasn't looking too hot against Meath.

Tipp v Meath in round 4 is a very interesting game and probably a decider on who may gain promotion

Wouldnt read too much into that, you look at quinlivan and he only scored 1 goal in the game but was fouled for 1-3 or so of our score too where scores from play probably would have come. 

Meaths next 3 games are cavan, tipp and cork....them 3 games should decide their finishing spot in the table.

We also have the postponed O’Byrne Cup final in between Cavan and Tipp games so depends on what team Andy puts out we’ll have had 6 competitive games in as many weeks.

GAA Discussion / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:31:16 PM »
I won’t be going as I live abroad but I do find the fuss being made over the venue a bit bemusing. I’m sure the venue was fixed well in advance and it’s not that far away compared to some league venues we’ll be playing in shortly. We’re in a final, we should be glad if the fact not whinging because it’s not being played on your doorstep.

GAA Discussion / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: January 15, 2018, 10:11:37 PM »
Foundations for the floodlights were found to be sub standard and had to be taken down after cracks appeared.

I have no idea how much it cost or how much it would cost to put them back up again but hopefully a better integrated solution will be included in the rebuilding of PT but I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t.

Anyway, we’ve won three games in a row and some people are getting giddy particularly on hoganstand but we’ll have to see. Andy is trying out as many lads as he can and doesn’t seem too fussed about the result so we’ll probably see a very different 15 on Sunday. He has set his sights on promotion in the league so I think it will be fair to judge him on that.

GAA Discussion / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: January 07, 2018, 03:41:00 PM »
O'Byrne Cup
Wexford 1-12 Dublin 0-14, Enniscorthy 2pm - FT
Longford 1-14 Kildare 0-13, Pearse Park, 2pm
Meath 4-19 Wicklow 0-13, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm - FT
Laois 1-13 Westmeath 3-16, Stradbally, 2pm - FT

Semi finals next Sunday
Meath vs Longford
Westmeath vs Wexford

GAA Discussion / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:44:50 PM »
O'Byrne Cup
Wexford 1-09 Dublin 0-06, Enniscorthy 2pm - HT
Longford 0-08 Kildare 0-09, Pearse Park, 2pm - HT
Meath 2-10 Wicklow 0-05, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm - HT
Laois 0-06 Westmeath 1-09, Stradbally, 2pm - HT

GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: January 02, 2018, 11:17:28 AM »
Meath squad announced last week. No one from O’Mahony’s and more from Rathoath than Simonstown is an eyebrow raiser. We won’t have Keoghan for the league. Ronan Jones, Paddy O’Rourke, Pauric Harnan, Joe Sheridan and Ruari O Coilleann all excluded themselves from the panel. Harry Rooney has returned from Australia at least

Eamon Wallace, Brian Power, Joey Wallace, Conor McGill, Bryan McMahon, Cian O'Brien (Ratoath)
Brian Conlon, Mark McCabe, Podge McKeever, Sean Tobin (Simonstown)
David Gallagher, Shane McEntee, Seamus Lavin, Donal Lenihan (Dunboyne)
Andy Colgan, Sean Curran, Bryan Menton (Ashbounre)
Paddy Kennelly, Conor Dempsey, Luke Martyn (Dunderry)
Robert Garry, Caolach Halligan, Donal Keoghan (Rathkenny)
Shane Glynn, Dan O'Neill, Thomas O'Reilly (Tones)
Biggie, Ben Brennan (Cillies)
Dave Toner, James McEntee (Curragha)
Alan Douglas, Luke Moran (Trim)
Harry Rooney, Eoghan Greene (Skryne)
Mickey Burke (Longwood)
Liam Ferguson (Kells)
Barry Dardis (Summerhill)
Adam Flanagan (Clonard)
Daragh Griffin (Athboy)
Adam McDermott (Dunshauglin)
Cillian O'Sullivan (Moynalvey).

Not seeing a whole lot of strength in that squad and so many places up for grabs and lads still yet to prove themselves that suggests we’ll be treading water at best this year but my gut feeling is we’ll be in the relegation mix up this year and Longford might well turn us over in Leinster.

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