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GAA Discussion / Re: Another Kerry player fails a doping test
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:58:22 AM »
They couldn't even find a picture of him wearing the jersey. The pics I've seen must be at least five years old, maybe more. Whitewash

GAA Discussion / Re: Another Kerry player fails a doping test
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:44:05 AM »
I wonder how much the Carlow lad got to be the scapegoat? A 35 year old inter County footballer (lol) retired because of a failed test. Pull the other one. Most top level sport is full of drugs. Masking agents make it all possible.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 03, 2020, 06:13:48 AM »
Maybe one good thing to come from this is the spotlight being shone on overpaid footballers. I have never been happy with these super earners and their disproportionate wealth. The figures in more recent years have got crazy. They're at home now like the rest of us, and still raking in the dough while the rest of the world takes a hit. It has become a fantasy world that bears no resemblance to reality, and hopefully now, clubs can use a clause to put some manners on this market. There's being well paid and wealth, and then there's Ronaldo, Messi and so many more of them. Obscene.

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: March 14, 2020, 12:13:16 PM »
Let's try to avoid mud slinging and cheap shots. Laois Today is a welcome addition to our county, and all the reporters are good at what they do. I took exception to the dismissiveness of some of our contributions on here, but that doesn't mean I'm anti Laois Today. Far from it.

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: March 13, 2020, 09:31:39 PM »
I have to say I was disappointed to hear what was said. The previous week, we were criticised for our reaction to losing to Kildare. Oddly enough though, they were happy to tell us that they thought we'd lose to Kildare anyway, because we always do. I actually found that more insulting to our intelligence than anything that was written on here post Kildare.

Anyway, no real harm done. They are doing great work with Laois Today, and it has brought Laois to a new level with its articles and live text commentary in particular. But they need to remember that we're part of their demographic too, and that theirs is not the final word on all matters Laois GAA or otherwise. We're all entitled to an opinion

Laois / Re: Official Laois County Board Website
« on: March 12, 2020, 04:13:25 PM »
I think you'll be waiting. We got dismissed in the last two podcasts on Laois Today, but I'm happier to read the opinions of some posters on here, who I consider to be very good judges. Unfortunately, our local media have no objectivity whatsoever. The sky isn't always blue.

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 06:54:47 PM »
I saw something very different Giovanni. And I'm seeing it quite a lot; not just in the Under 20s. Other teams are stronger and more tenacious. We are physically weak and getting bullied. There is no doubt that we have skilful footballers in our midst, but as OTH said above, we can get steamrolled. You can be be as fancy as you want but still get tossed aside. You can put in a strong shift and still get out worked. Kildare bullied us and Dublin did the same last night. Their hunger for the ball and the way they hunted for it was something we couldn't live with. I'm under no illusions about that. There is nothing we could have done last night to win that match.

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 01:05:51 PM »
Because I love Laois, pure and simple, and I'll be good to go again for Mullingar. But people in general are staying away. And in some cases, so are players. And I'm starting to get it. In an overall context, we and many others are going nowhere. The GAA climate has changed dramatically and it's hard to know what we're working towards.

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 12:26:46 PM »
Nobody who sets out to compete in anything wants to be best of the rest. That's not enough to keep the wheels turning. And it sticks out like a sore thumb. We lack investment, comparatively speaking. We lack supporters. And we're lacking players too. I think plenty before me have decided it's a waste of time

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 11:21:06 AM »
But we need the GPOs as well, and not just two or three. I would be very interested to know how many people work full time either directly or indirectly for Dublin GAA. We might never know that because of inventive accounting and the sheer volume of investment that is available to them. That's not their fault by the way, and good luck to them. Unfortunately, the bar is so high now that we can only dream of even making the jump.

I'm afraid all things considered we are small fry. Minnows. We need to up our game on so many levels. Our books only balance because other counties pack OMP in the summer. Our own crowd don't support us any more. Laois CLG consists of a handful of employees and is like Fleetwood trying to compete with Manchester City. And our underage players are being sent in to battle with their fists, and everyone else has a gun. A waste of time.

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 10:59:41 AM »
It's a scary prospect alright Laoiseabu. And the only benefit I can see is that we have the makings of a decent team. However, they probably need two to three years of decent coaching to develop them, whereas the Dublin lads are already a long way down that path.

The tale of the two midfielders from last year is a cautionary one. They appear on the face of it to have all the attributes necessary to be useful additions to the senior panel. But they're not ready; nowhere near it in fact. That reflects badly on our underage coaching and development. We are consistently looking weak and under prepared at all levels, and then trying to do too much too quickly at Senior. We could probably to with a Bryan Cullen type figure guiding us, but there's no chance we'd be able to afford or prepared to spend that type of money. It's fairly obvious that we're struggling

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 09:54:32 AM »
I think it goes a lot deeper than tactics. It's years of coaching and conditioning. And numbers too. My personal opinion is that we need to get the right people in early, rather than anyone who'll take the job too late. Even our senior players looked weak in the tackle last night, and surely that's a bad sign. And remember, that was pretty much a different Dublin team grom the one that beat us 12 months ago.

I thought Dublin were in a low gear in the second half. Foot to the floor, the could have put us out the gate. The  gap is widening all the time

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:27:06 AM »
This is all becoming really tiresome. Predictable and boring. I have long since been of the view that county boundaries are an inadequate way of dividing players into teams. Land mass does not correlate with population, resources and all that goes with that. Dublin GAA is gigantic compared to our volunteer based effort, and it shows.

Every time I think we have a nice group of players, I come away feeling naive and stupid for even entertaining the idea. That Dublin team were coached, conditioned and prepared to a level that we know nothing about. We throw a Manager at a team and ask them to pull a rabbit out of the hat. It just isn't going to happen. Not in a time when soccer no longer commands the numbers it used to in Dublin, or rugby either. Even the trendies are rocking up at GAA clubs, so much so that there are problems accommodating their people carrying tanks in the car parks. You can have all the room you want in our GAA grounds.

Laois / Re: Laois U20 Championship
« on: March 06, 2020, 09:28:30 PM »
Sat here in the car completely demoralised. In terms of work rate, physicality and technical ability, we are miles off. Not just at this grade, but in general. Same failings as at Senior. Kicking the ball out, losing it and conceding. Tackling U12 level. Handling and basic skills just nowhere near good enough. A good Dublin team no doubt, but we just can't compete with that. A different level.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: March 02, 2020, 02:39:28 PM »
In fairness to Ballyroan Abu, he's been beating this drum for a while. Quirke will be judged by how successful he is in getting us in to Tier 1. As a county though, we're not developing at all if what is coming through is being ignored. I hate saying this, but I see no benefit at all in playing Ross at this stage. I thought he really struggled yesterday and got far longer than he should have. I couldn't imagine any circumstances yesterday where 3 or 4 younger lads, including Sean Moore, couldn't have done better. I hate personalising this, but it really annoyed me, and I love Ross. But we have to plan for the future always, whatever level that may be.

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