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Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:40:18 PM »
At the moment 5 teams are still in contention for promotion - Down, Westmeath, Laois, Louth, Longford.
Any of the above including Down could lose out depending how results pan out.
For example you could have a situation after next Sunday (and before Louth-Westmeath) where it's Down 10, Laois 9, Westmeath 8, Longford 8, Louth 8.

It's not right that the CCCC are allowing Round 7 games to be played before the postponed Louth-Westmeath game.
If all favourites win next Sunday then Down will be promoted and will be joined later by Westmeath who should win a game then meaningless for Louth.

It's galling to think that if Laois had played Louth at home and won they would have been in a position to secure promotion next Sunday.
And the Dubs got away without punishment because their trip to Normandy was to see the WWII beaches !

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Div 3
« on: March 21, 2019, 01:49:51 PM »
The consequences of the decision to long-finger the Louth-Westmeath has been highlighted on Hoganstand and elsewhere
- this match could possibly decide the top 2 positions and in that situation either Louth or Westmeath will have nothing to play for.

Scenario 1:  Louth, Longford and Laois win next Sunday
                  Westmeath would have nothing to play for in postponed game and a Louth win would deny Down promotion

Scenario 2:  Down, Westmeath and Laois win next Sunday
                  Louth would have nothing to play for in postponed game and a Westmeath win would deny Laois promotion

Longford would also be in the running for promotion if they beath Westmeath next Sunday.
The CCCC will be praying that results next Sunday will render Louth-Westmeath match meaningless, otherwise objections could be on the cards.

The Louth-Westmeath match should have been scheduled prior to completion of Round 7.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:57:50 PM »
I would be more of an onlooker/lurker than a regular poster here.
Just some feedback - let's have more insights and opinions from the Giovannis of this forum and less smart alec posts like the above.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Div 3
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:57:25 AM »
Does anyone know why it was not possible to reschedule the postponed Louth-Westmeath match for yesterday or today ?
This was done with Clare-Meath in Div2 yesterday.

Round 7 matches are all fixed for same time, 2pm, next Sunday and all finals schedule for following weekend.
I'm guessing the postponed Louth-Westmeath match will be played next weekend and Round 7 games in Div3 the following weekend ???

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz National Hurling League
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:56:40 PM »
We sent the c***ts home over the mountain with their tae in a mug

I suppose the above contribution is all that could be expected from this forum’s resident amadán.
All fair-minded Laois supporters, though a bit jealous of our neighbour’s success in football and hurling, would have nothing but admiration for what they achieved over the years.

Laois / Re: Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup 2019
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:00:32 PM »
The GAA Master Fixtures Schedule 2019 on shows Laois away to Down on Sat 26-Jan but on Hoganstand and elsewhere it shows Offaly V Laois on Jan-27.

Laois / Re: 2019 Bord na Móna Walsh Cup
« on: December 17, 2018, 09:41:49 AM »

I must say, you do seem to enjoy trying to rile people! Again, I ask - why?
Our county’s name is Laois. I asked nicely, there was no attempt to rile you or anyone.

Like it or not the name Leix is part of our heritage and was in common use up the 1960s (as was Maryborough).
The great Laois team of the 1930s would have been called Leix at the time.
When Laois GAA people refer to our county as Leix, e.g. C'mon Leix, you can take it that they are using it as a term of affection.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Managers through the years
« on: December 16, 2018, 09:34:41 PM »
The profile of Team Manager really took off with Heffo and Micko in the 1970s - prior to then a county would always have had a coach/trainer and selectors but might not necessarily have had a front man.
Before 1981 the previous Leinster Final appearance by Laois was 1968. I'm curious as to who was manager/coach/trainer of that team and also the men who took charge in the years from then up to Tom Darcy's reign. Was former Laois & Meath footballer Tom Browne one of those ?

Laois / Laois Senior Football Managers through the years
« on: December 05, 2018, 12:45:29 AM »
Below is a list of Laois Senior Football manager over the past 40 years – have I missed anyone ?

1.   Tom Darcy
2.   Kieran Brennan   ***
3.   Bobby Millar
4.   Richie Connor
5.   Colm Browne
6.   Michael Dempsey
7.   Tom Cribben
8.   Colm Browne
9.   Mick O'Dwyer   ***
10.   Liam Kearns
11.   Sean Dempsey
12.   Justin McNulty
13.   Tomás ó Flatharta
14.   Mick Lillis
15.   Peter Creedon
16.   John Sugrue

I’ve put 3 stars against Kiernan Brennan and Mick O’Dwyer for their roles in winning National League and Leinster Championship respectively.

It’s difficult to rate managers of the 80s and 90s against those of 2000-2018 given how team preparation became more professional but Justin McNulty would be my 3rd favourite Laois manager.

John Sugrue have certainly made a good start but he has a huge task to emulate Kieran or Micko.

Did you see Ross Munelly, Tom Kelly or Joe Higgins in 2003? Or Tom Prendergast? Or Colm Browne? Or Liam Irwin? Or Barney Maher?

As far as I'm concerned, Donie is one of 15 Laois players who will take the field on Sunday. He deserves the same respect as all the rest of them and hopefully he will play a significant role.  Win or lose, all 15 will play a big part.

And I can assure you, he will need both his arms on Sunday.

Good gosh - you left out Willie Brennan and The Beano  :D

I do like this management's style - horses for courses. I'm very happy wth Ross's selection and I think Glynn has been chomping at the bit too.
It's not just a fifteen man game so it's no bad reflection on the lads not starting - it's great to have quality players on the bench.

Best of luck to the lads.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Laois
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:26:24 PM »
Will anyone outside of Dublin or Laois even bother to watch this game?

When the top teams get into their stride they can play some brilliant football, e.g. Mayo's 4-19 to 0-9 demolition of the Rossies last year  ;)

I'm hoping that Laois will be competitive but it's a huge ask for a team coming from Division 4.

GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2018
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:58:39 PM »
No, I think we should retain the provincials with the winners advancing to AI Semi-Finals as of old.
The provincials and Sam Maguire Cup would be a straight knockout competition and secondary to an amalgamated NFL & Super 8s.

GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2018
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:39:36 PM »
It’s a pity that the provincial imbalance is compounded in the qualifiers.

Carlow win 2 and go into Round 2 after losing their 3rd game while Roscommon win 1 and go into Round 4 after losing their 2nd game.

Carlow beat a Division 1 and a Division 2 team while Roscommon beat a Division 4 team.

GAA Discussion / Re: Super 8s
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:26:07 AM »
If you want the highest ranking teams AND equal provincial representation the best outcome would be :

Group 1
Connacht Champions    Galway (D1)
Munster Champions    Kerry (D1)
Ulster Runner-up      Fermanagh (D3)     Tyrone
Leinster Runner-up      Laois (D4)     Kildare

Group 2
Leinster Champions    Dublin (D1)
Ulster Champions    Donegal (D1)
Connacht Runner-up   Roscommon (D2)     Mayo
Munster Runner-up     Cork (D2)

But in all probability you won't get groups as balanced as above and one group will appear stronger that the other on paper.

We need to pick at whatever straws are available – what’s the point of just accepting the general wisdom that we are lambs to the slaughter ? 

The Dubs are missing a key man at the back – in 2003 they were missing Hill 16 at their back -  it was out of commission due to a forthcoming U2 concert.

Yes, let’s bomb it in to Cluxtons’s replacement - we might get a break  :D

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