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Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:19:19 PM »
Slowly but surely, we're working out our lines on the pitch - I now think we're fine in FF and HF line, and also, with Begley, Attride and what looks like a very good proposition in Scully, the HB line is looking good, too. Where we're looking somewhat scarce is midfield and FB line, in my opinion. Jury still out in midfield and what the pairing there will be. Quigley has been a good servant to Laois but at 32/33 and coming back from extensive injuries, it's hard to see him participate at a very high level in a position that is the most intensive on the pitch (i hope I'm wrong). None of our midfielders are very pacey, and that could hurt us against better teams. At this point, because we have options in the HB line, I'd be tempted to put Begley in midfield. He's likely the fittest man on the panel, in my opinion. He's very good on the ball and off, and he has high football IQ. He's quite mobile too and relatively pacey. We'd have plenty options to cover his role on HB line. JOL/Begley midfield would be my choice right now, but, we've lots more games to go before we must choose our absolute best 15, and, in fairness, lots of lads are holding their hand up for a place and the bite and healthy competitiveness seems to be there. Meaney did well enough against Sligo and deserves more chances definitely. Kieran Lillis has done little wrong in the last year though, he deserves another shot but for me, not midfield. Lot's of options all over the park, we're really still figuring everything out.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:55:15 PM »
Interesting team.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:10:58 PM »
He would have worked out alright. Pity. My eldest son played both codes with him years ago for a school team and he was and is a top lad all round, always helping others out and always had a top attitude to everything. Not many people would commit to their county if they lived in another country entirely - England in Cahir's case. A shame he won't be around, I think we could really have done with him. Best of luck to him with his recovery.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:21:56 PM »
The Louth match was strange in that it's been the worst performance since Sugrue came in. We looked really awful - like a low division 4 side. However, put that in balance of our performances last year and in challenge matches this year as well as the Down match, and, well it really is a confusing one. I think we should see us against the likes of Sligo, Westmeath, Carlow etc to see where we're at. The mind boggles when it comes to that performance against Louth so the jury is out, for me. For example, all of a sudden Lillis's stock is down just because of what happened here? Similarly, some new players looked really promising against Down and in challenge games. More time needed to assess, in my opinion. There were some really alarming signs against Louth, but, I'd prefer to see some more games before making drastic and panicky calls.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:52:54 AM »
Meaney was a great servant to Laois over the years but he wasn't brilliant the last few seasons he was here. Just an observation. And Don is right to an extent in that, he was getting sent off when we were crying out for leaders to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. And from what i recall, they were clear sendings off, not just going for the ball too hard kind of sendings off. In that context, his attitude here seems off - in that, if he really wants his place back, he'll have to fight for it, just like everyone else. He can't just walk on the panel. Donie wasn't even allowed to do that last year and i commend the management team for taking that line. It commands respect and shows what kind of attitude is required. If Kevin wants to come back, let him fight for his place like everyone else. Simple as that. If he's upset that he was left out, that's nobody's fault but his own. Get better, don't moan and show everyone that you deserve your place, that's my advice. I have huge respect for anyone who does that.

PS Begley and JOL for midfield at the weekend, would be my pick. Give Piggott another go at number 6. Any update on Cahir? If we had Cahir and Timmons against Louth, for sure we wouldn't have concedes those goals, but, such is life.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 04, 2019, 04:01:48 PM »
For once in a long time, I have to agree with the Don Master himself. Give the lads a chance, a lot are new to this level.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 04, 2019, 02:20:05 PM »
It's easy to say it's wrong, now, with the power of hindsight. At the time, it was worthwhile persisting with certain fellas in certain positions. It's the 2nd League game in all fairness. Let's be fair, nearly all of us thought we'd have enough against a team who hadn't won a competitive game since 2017. It wasn't complacency, it was just being realistic. The team named was ok. Changes will be made going forward. The fact that you have hindsight on your side now, doesn't make you an expert.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 04, 2019, 12:59:55 PM »
I don't agree that it was a complacent team selection. Why? Because A: it's the league, and you should try out newer players so they'll be more ready for the all important championship. And B: Colm and Donie are clearly not at full fitness due to coming back from injury and recent virus respectively. Evan is playing more than enough games in the sigerson.

So unless you want a stack of injuries, you have to allow fellas time to come back, the HEALTHY way.

And C: you want to give all your players confidence and to be able to count on them so they'll feel more ready when the big games come and they're throw in against a big name player after 50 mins of a game during summer. Starting a league match and playing 70 mins is fantastic preparation. Spend a penny, save a pound, etc.

So, no, it wasn't a complacent team selection. Let's not get too depressed (!) it's the start of February in the freezing cold. Time to calm down and relax. It will all be ok  ;). The same lads would be complaining that Begley and Donie were brought back too early if they happened to pick up an injury during the first half. Time to face reality : Sugrue and the setup know better than you  :-X.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 03, 2019, 09:28:15 AM »
Hard to put your finger on a performance like that; I thought there were poor performances lacking urgency all around the field, apart from Brody, Begley, Attride and Ross in the first half. HOWEVER, it's a league match at the start of February and I wouldn't be getting carried away one way or another, just like post Down victory last week. It's hard to know where we stand currently, we'll only know that come end of league / championship time.

However, one thing I do know is that the starting championship team will likely look VASTLY different to the one starting yesterday. I thought we lacked pace yesterday which was a killer, and I thought we lacked experience in VITAL areas. Anyway, it was valuable experience for a lot of lads like Piggott, Murphy, Nerney etc and it will bring those lads on a lot, and I think all the newer faces need and deserve a lot more time.

My team for the end of League / start of Championship looks something like this -

    Healy/Seale      Timmons      Dillon
   Attride              Begley         Lillis

           JOL  Quigley/Meaney

      Boyle          Donie        Damien O' Connor/Byrne
    P Kingston   Evan O' C     Colm Murphy / Cahilane

I know there are hardly any new faces there and that's an ageing team, but you have to go with your best 15 for C'ship, and, I see that being our best team come April or May. Plenty of size and decent pace in important areas. I still think there's a lot of potential in the likes of Nerney, Piggott, Byrne etc and there is a lot of competition for places / room for new lads to step up and claim their place. I just think that's the best we have in 2019; still mostly the old guard. Still life in them all yet, though, in my opinion.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:18:48 PM »
Training with the panel since 02 but yeah, competitive debut in 03.

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: February 01, 2019, 04:30:24 PM »
Why wouldn't they post to USA, that's ridiculous. I'm sure most, if not all, would be delighted to package up a hurl and send it to the states if postage was paid. Especially if it's to a proud Laois man, like Mossy

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:22:16 AM »
I can see why Ross is starting. After the match in Newry, he was doing his own solo training while most other people were gone. He's very hungry to keep playing and he's some example for the younger lads on the team. He's some man and delighted he's starting, especially in Croke Park. I consider him a legend of Laois football and it's a privilege to see him perform all these years later. 2002 - 2019 is some run, who's to say he wont make it 20 years in 2022.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: January 30, 2019, 06:42:41 AM »
Sales of tin foil are going well in dunnes this week Junior. Ah no, if that's what you experienced, that's not nice. I found the crowd we were around to be quite friendly. And we didn't hide that we were from Laois. Maybe you got the 1% who are at every ground. They're always there. Somewhere. Lurking. You know it's not your day when one is sitting or standing right behind you at a match. They never shut up and they never stop talking #&зг;#:

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: January 27, 2019, 01:41:52 PM »
Also, for Laois GAA diehards who can't get enough of the thing, here's a good relatively new "LaoisToday" podcast about the 2019 National Football League. This one is from a couple of days ago with some interesting Laois men and perspectives, including the great Padraig Clancy:

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