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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:51:14 PM »
Just listened to Whitey and Anto there in conversation about our victory over Down in 2000. What a day that was. Thanks for bringing back the memories. Brian Hugh and JC were a very good management team, all great passionate Antrim Gaa men.


I was taking a training session with Antrim under 16s that morning and after it was over we all headed down to Casement for the game. I told them to meet outside the gate and we would all walk in together. I pulled up with 200 Antrim Flags I had got made during the week and gave all the players a batch each to give away to Antrim supporters in the crowd. That was the time no one would have bought a flag so I think the players might have got some surprise when they ran onto the pitch and seen the colour. The truth was we knew it was on the cards. Antrim had beaten Galway two weeks before in a tough pre championship challenge down in Galway, so I wasnt surprised. I think it was Barney Eastwood who paid for the flags in the end. What a day...I saw a lot of tears being shed that the monkey was finally off our back. A great group who stood even taller a few weeks later in another classic against Derry. The best of times...

Class BS

If only we'd more like you

Class day...minor match roasting, senior game in a deluge and hailstones

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 27, 2020, 01:30:46 AM »
Went to college in Belfast with a lad who played basketball for Dungannon back in the late 80's. I think they played in that league also.

Are those teams still on the go?

Yeah Dungannon/Tyrone Towers still play but arent Superleague anymore

Belfast Star as i said won this years All Ireland Superleague, beating Kieran Donaghys Tralee into 2nd spot. Games are played in La Salle School in Andytown. Great weekend entertainment and atmosphere....especially when a big game v Donaghy etc

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:40:30 AM »
That’s interesting reading gold. Was pj ohare a basket baller? Was he any good? I mind seeing big John Kennedy playing for st galls. If I remember rightly he was a notable basket baller too?

PJ and the MvGourtys and Michael Gribben were all big players on that team Fra Dick also great player and all turned out for the club, hurling and football!

Apparently PJ was great as was Sean McGourty but just before my time.

Big John Kennedy was v strong, great player, as was his brother Paul, v classy player. Aidan Donnelly who played GAA for St Pauls and Antrim for years was a lightening fast point guard for St Galls as was his brother Fergie. All those men wouldve travelled serious miles to play away games in packed Saturday night halls in places like Cork and maybe drove home straight after.  Serious commitment but id say the craic was good too...the noise in Andytown leisure centre was serious...all us kids allowed on at half time to shoot...class times.
Andytown also hosted the Allstar Game 1 year (now defunct) which was basically just 6 foot 5, giant American players dunking on each other...the athleticism was off the charts to see up close...class occasion!

Great sport for helping control a ball in tight spaces and keeping your head up and eyes open.

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:25:44 AM »
I never would have guessed that basketball was such a popular sport here with so many knowledgeable followers, who must have played the game at some level themselves and avidly followed the fortunes of Michael Jordon et al in the NBA in the 1990s, however that was possible -  perhaps by a transatlantic phone connection?

Even I was a basketball fan in the 90s - I recorded the late night games that were broadcast by c4 (definitely a few programmes broadcast per week) and followed the league closely at the time. I used to get this bi-weekly magazine/newspaper thing on the NBA, and had poster of Michael Jordan in my room...no transatlantic phonecalls required.

Basketball was big in Strabane and St Colmans HS back in the day
Yeah, the incredibly enthusiastic coach in Strabane certainly got me playing the game (which I kept playing through uni with Queen’s - not an overly-successful team, but the inter-varsities tournaments were great craic).

I remember there being a few teams about the town and I had Gary Connolly as form teacher when he was playing with Star in Belfast.

Connolly was a v good player
St Galls were class in 80s and played in the Superleague (top all Ireland division) until mid 90s. The atmosphere was incredible in Andytown Leisure Centre on Sat nights for games against teams like Liam McHales Ballina. Like now each team had 2 American players who maybe played college ball in the states and came over here for a year to do a Masters and get free digs and paid for a bit of coaching...the Americans are usually able to play above the rim...so always brings the house down when they dunk!

Galls left the superleague and Maguire left Galls and teamed up with Adrian Fulton and Javan Dupree at Star and they won 2 leagues back to back in the mid 90s. the games v the Cork and Dublin teams and Ballina were electric in Maysfield. Queens and Dungannon were playing at the top level too around then...paying the Americans through sponsership etc is incredibly difficult and like most clubs the responsibility falls on too few to sort that...so inevitably many clubs couldnt keep it going and dropped out of the Superleague

Belfast Star are the only Northern side left and won the league last month, the 1st since the mid 90s

Fultons son CJ is still at school in St Malachys but is leaving for the States on a scholarship and will be a huge loss

Interestingly John Stockton came here at the height of his NBA Utah fame and coached at Dungarvan Basketball Camps and Dungannon. The man has the most steals and assists in NBA History

Class sport and so physical...After playing it it blows my mind how people cant work in massive spaces in GAA ...for example in basketball if youre 2 on one you draw the man and pass for an easy layup or dunk...if you dont draw the man and instead you pullup and shoot and miss youll be taken off. Mad that in GAA with so much more space and 2 on 1 some attacker might close his eyes and blast a shot rather than drawing the keeper or full back and then passing to the free man. Maybe thats why St Galls were so good at Summer Football and 7s with their bball background and Ryan McHugh style palmed goals. Even MDMA with his limited football skills will drive at a man, punch holes and lay it off...all from his bball days at Killester. I havent even mentioned the obvious skill benefits gained by Star Donaghy from his lofetime playing bball

Also bball helps with using body and backside to hold onto the ball etc..many transferable skills to GAA

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Stars turning their hand to Acting
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:44:21 AM »
Brolly would be a great panto Villain.

1) Who would make a great actor? Sean Cavanagh...he's been acting like a nice fella/man/genuine decent lad/like he was shot for years.  ;)
2) Who would make a awful actor? Tiernan McCann...who can forget the hair ruffle?

Philly jordan 03 atrocious acting
Aidan o mahony
Was it McGuigan got hit by Greg McCartan throwing the ball?

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Stars turning their hand to Acting
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:41:50 AM »
Why do you think Oisin'd be a bad actor? I've seen him on TV in a documentary, he looks very comfortable in front of a camera, but I suppose acting is a different kettle of fish.

He’s definitely got the voice to do the most boring priest from fr ted, he sounds just like him.

f**k he is hard to listen to. Could Imagine him telling his family and friends he won the euromillions in a voice id tell mine i was terminally ill

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Princes Street (Various)
Prince Andrew Drive (Various)
Jubilee Way (Various)
Victory Street (Various)
Empire Avenue (Various)

I bet they’re all in Lisburn.

Orange Hall Lane, Lisburn

Horse and Jockey, Tipperary

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 05, 2020, 01:36:03 AM »
Him gambling with security on who could throw a quarter closer to the wall was bizarre but understandable if you know much about him or listen to anyone talk about him and the competitiveness.

I think he does have a gambling problem but he has so much money that it’s not really an issue. Just because you haven’t lost everything doesn’t mean you’re not addicted to gambling!!!

That white haired Security Guard was like a Peter Kay spoof character!

Jerry Krause is disgusting...wanting to get rid of a winning coach and team to try and replace them and win again....all to show it was all about him and not the team...what a wee dick

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General discussion / Re: The Late Late show
« on: April 18, 2020, 03:54:24 PM »
Turned it off. Binged watched 4 episodes of Sunderland till I die instead.

Was thinkin how fcuked Sunderland must be now.
No gates, no income, dinner lady probably let go...Chairman must be losing his mind.

Need a 3rd series


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GAA Discussion / Re: The Drop Kick
« on: April 16, 2020, 12:05:56 AM »
I scored a rake of drop kick goals, albeit at shite levels.

1 on 1 side foot drop kick into a corner is totally unsaveable....took years of shots intended to be blasted into a corner, but not going far enough from the keeper and being saved  before i caught on to it. Catch the ball on the sidefoot the millisecond it hops up off the deck, easy to control and direct

Always thought if you were chilling in the middle of the field in training and had to kick it past someone 10 yards from you as a drill youd do it 100 times and get it past him 99 on the sidefoot dropkick...whereas if you blasted it youd get 60 past him, 20 would squew away off and 20 would hit the keeper.
Easiest bit of the game for me was drop kickin 1 on 1 into the corner of the net, much more control than a normal volleyed shot out of hand....half volleys always easier. Hardest part was getting my slow self in 1 on 1 and away from some hallion😁

The front of the foot (which you are no doubt on about) drop kicked goal is a cracker. On a mizzly wet day the ball travels 100 mph and is nearly unsaveable....more room for error on that one but if can catch clean and low into a corner its goaltime. Used it more sparingly as can squew off but effective if in a crowd, unblockable if catch it right

The trajectory of a drop kicked ball into the forward line was as perfect as it was rare

Boys drop kicking frees etc up the park is a rarity...people try and kick it too hard and slice it






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General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:45:25 PM »
Michelle O neill has been in a number of no win situations.

Her spoken delivery is very poor though. Conor Murphy is their best speaker, followed by Gildernew or Kelly or Adams (although he is gone).

Lack of charisma in the party for me but there is no one else pushing for reunification...no other party has any interest in it. Theyre the only show in town for that. The South dont care about it and dont care that we are demonised up here for daring to be Irish on the Island of Ireland. At least SF push that agenda and dont let up or bow down

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:18:10 AM »
Look, closing beaches is like closing Cavehill or closing streets. When full lockdown comes, you won’t be allowed there without good reason. That will be soon, I think. I mean, you can call for beaches to be closed but having Royal Ave or O’Connell St open at the same time, you’re pissing into the wind.

Ok so people put up charts showing where we are now in comparison to Italy and if Italy had a Chance to go back to that point they would have locked down earlier. Itchy is waffling that you can’t close the beaches, you can enforce it with fines, yes some clampits will continue to do it but let them be fined!

But yes we need a lockdown, essential travel only in my view

I agree re the lockdown. If we all literally cant leave the house for 2 weeks it has to flatten the curve...but how do we eat?
We need medics to travel, cops on the streets to arrest people breaking the curfew or murdering their wife. Then do we need a Judge to decide whether or not to jail or bail them...lawyers to represent them so they have a fair hearing, Prison officers to keep them in jail. Those officers dont live in the jail so they have to drive in and out. As do the medics in jail who give the lags their medication. Those prison officers and  medics need deisal for their cars...so people need to work in filling stations. Lorry drivers need to bring the fuel to the filling stations....sometimes travelling by boat...people need to sail the boat and other workers on it. People need to work at the Ports.

Etc etc. Point being there is alot of essential travel. TOTAL Lockdown is nigh on impossible

It is frightening

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:10:06 AM »
Look, closing beaches is like closing Cavehill or closing streets. When full lockdown comes, you won’t be allowed there without good reason. That will be soon, I think. I mean, you can call for beaches to be closed but having Royal Ave or O’Connell St open at the same time, you’re pissing into the wind.

Exactly. You need to close everything if you need to go to the next step.

Exactly is right. Nutts corner is open air and far less of a problem than tesco etc...i accept though if not essential people shouldnt be near it

I walked Lady Dixon Park today and whilst there were people there, all seemed to be walking in their wee family groups and keeping distance from everyone else

Presume the people who went for walks to beaches and mountains believed they were doing the right thing going outdoors and staying away from enclosed places. Difficulty is when you land at said spot and the places are thick with people with the same idea...no one going to shops, eateries, sports or coffee shops anymore so all inevitably land at beaches and parks. I dont know if the virus is likely to pass in such a way...clearly if you all go to an ice cream van or touch railings etc it might...but if you drive to a park and walk around it and stay well out of peoples way would it?? I genuinely dont know

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: March 16, 2020, 11:00:03 AM »
I was due to fly to Marrakesh from Belfast at 6am on Sat there for 4 nights. Belfast started a route there in Oct...Sat and Wed flights only.

Only cancelled it at midnight 6 hours before take off, checked in, packed, the whole lot....luckily with easyjet i could change flights for free but with the Marrakesh route stopping at end of March i had to hastily decide where else to go to (not many places to pick from from Belfast). Anyway, changed to Barcelona for a week at end of August...hopefully everything is normal by then

Id a friend was in Marrakesh for a week until Wed there, no issues and had a great time. They had only 3 covid cases in Morocco so we were still hopeful it would be ok.  Things all changed on Friday night with flights being refused entry to Morocco from France and Spain. Put the frighteners up us....sure enough Ireland and UK followed on sunday there, everyone is stuck in Marrakesh airport now hoping for rescue flights...sounds like hell god help them..best decision i ever made not to go. Was pay on arrival at the hotel. We were well past the date of free cancellation but they agreed not to charge us given the circumstances....we will defo return to that hotel...absolute legends

On top of this we were due to be at a friends wedding in Vilamoura, Algarve for 3 nights at the end of April. Theyre both living in Oz and just yesterday had to cancel the Wedding. Gutted for them, theyd been planning it for 2 years and are devastated

This is like a bad movie, hopefully it isnt as bad as predicted and we come through it soon

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:58:53 PM »
In slightly related news at the Dub tonight Our Lady’s and St Pats Knock qualified for the McLarnon Cup final, beating St Pauls Dungannon by a point. The school is in Down but at least 6 of the team are St Brigids lads. Great achievement for the school under Frankie Wilson’s management.

A Belfast team all the same

And if they win and we have a few more Antrim players playing McCrory next year then happy days. With Brigids doing well in Antrim underage and Bredagh and Carryduff likewise in Down it was only a matter of time before a breakthrough was made in Knock (although I appreciate they have many Ards Hurlers so there's a split emphasis)

The U20s narrowly beaten by Tyrone the other day had a number of the Hogan Cup winning Lurgan team playing. Success breeds success and the more we have playing at that level the better

Great week for Antrim, tinged with sadness at a real one that got away v Tyrone U20s on Saturday

This Wicklow game is massive with them going for promotion too

Casements pitch is superb by the way

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