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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:52:43 PM »
Apologies to all in Annaclone , they were div2 also, but since formation of leagues as we know it very few Div 2 sides get to final and I donít think any have won the SFC, Kilcoo I see are 1/2 favs , short enough for me but there are those who may think itís a great price ,not for me , would like to see new champions but with the back door system now in place the one of shocks canít take place any more, I recall Tecconaught beating all Ireland champions Burren in 1989 , probably the biggest shock in the history of theSFC , unless you know better.I would like to see the knockout system returned , no back doors, means when your beat your OUT
  Donal Bell player/coach on both teams.
I think Teconnaught win over Burren was 1982.  Dromara going from reserve league a few years previous to beating Rostrevor (not sure of team) in 1991 senior championship was a fairly big surprise.

Dromara came from East Down Reserve league in 1986 to beat Rostrevor in Senior Championship in 1991 losing to winners Downpatrick 2 weeks after All Ireland Final by 5 points and missed 2 penalties

General discussion / Re: US Open 2017
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:58:34 PM »
Is it just me or is Sarah looking well tonight. Looks like a bit of a makeover

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 15, 2017, 09:30:28 PM »
The row at the end you could see coming a mile off. Poor game mamagement from Leo Smyth and Clonduff not able to take their beating.
They got away with some very cynical and cheap shots for a lot of the game and O'Hagan got himself stupidly sent off.
Ross Carr referring to anyone as scum after his actions last night is the height of irony....lets see if he mentions it in his weekly column!
On the topic of discipline apparently 8 red cards dished out on Tuesday night in minor match between Burren and Liatroim, 2 to Burren and 6 to Liatroim, the referee earned his £30 there!!

From what I heard two good teams let down by a very poor referee who lost control of the game early on which led to much of the indiscipline. Surely our 2 Minor finalists from last year deserved a better Referee.

General discussion / Re: Stormont Assembly Elections 2017
« on: March 05, 2017, 10:46:21 PM »
which constituency is next in line to fall out of unionist hands ? The trend seems to be westward
South Down ;)

General discussion / Re: James Brokenshire - Snubs AmhrŠn na bhFiann
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:41:12 PM »
Is it true that they made you stand for "the Queen" in the cinema in Banbridge in years gone by? They say you'd get bate for heading out the door too soon. And I hear they're doing the same in India now.

Yes you would take you life in your own hands if you left early, scumbags outside waiting outside would call fenian bas***ds, only went a couple of times real s**thole, good job its closed.
Young Farmers used to hold concerts in our town. My mother used take us out just before the end and remember hearing "the Queen" as we walked up the road.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 22, 2017, 12:39:15 AM »
Forget this Club Down/ Mourne Academy nonsense until we stop paying out £120K a year

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:22:13 PM »
Can someone tell me how much we actually borrowed from Croke Park ?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 27, 2016, 03:18:28 PM »
Packie O'Hagan will beat the Bridge on his own. Burren should have taken the Bridge in the first game. The point have a strong side and Donach McAleenan is an exciting talent. It will be interesting to see what Carryduff can do when they are up against a good team
The bridge won,was packie not playing?

What happened other semi. Results on Down web page say game abandoned

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:00:39 PM »
Well the reality is that nobody gives a flyin f**k about Hurling in the county.

Asking Liatroim's minors to play 2 county finals in 4 days proves that

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:56:43 AM »
Can't see much of crowd going to Attical on Saturday, what with Tyrone & Mayo on at 4pm. Surely not fair on the competing teams and their supporters. Whoever sets the dates and times needs their heads examined.

Who in their right mind would want to watch that sh?te on TV anyway

Anyone with a love for Gaelic Games lad!!!

To watch Tyrone play some form of rugby league, no thanks

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 03, 2016, 12:19:08 AM »
Can't see much of crowd going to Attical on Saturday, what with Tyrone & Mayo on at 4pm. Surely not fair on the competing teams and their supporters. Whoever sets the dates and times needs their heads examined.

Who in their right mind would want to watch that sh?te on TV anyway

Greg Blaney

Poland lead 290-95 on passes
Bigotry in sport is so counterproductive. If they had a full pick and everyone felt welcome at matches they would be much better
Half the panel embarrassed by GSTQ...Lafferty not doing much for inclusivity.

Anyone he video

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 12, 2016, 10:21:58 PM »
Johnny, you are 100% right. Far too much emphasis on juvenile football, by the time boys are 18 they have have had 10 years of training 3/4/5 nights a week, playing in most cases for 2 teams ie U12/U14 U14/U16 or U16/minor, is it any wonder at 18 they are fed up and walk away. As I've stated before club coaches should concentrate on the skills of the game and make boys good footballers first and foremost and not to stifle this skill with over complicated tactics

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: April 12, 2016, 03:20:13 PM »
Not disagreeing with any of that wobbler,but is it not about time we as a county started to wonder why there are so few from above the imaginary line who meet that criteria?it is a huge area of the county to not be producing players for the county on a proportional basis.

Couple of things.

South Down is fair bit bigger than the East in terms of clubs. It also isn't overly afflicted with hurling, while getting to Belfast to study is a huge deal for most lads (unlike Carryduff and Bredagh lads, who seem compelled to head to Dublin or across the water). There is also a number of dedicated, recognised GAA schools (Abbey, College, St Marks) which parents and teenagers actually seek out to improve their chances. There isn't anything quite like that in the East since Red High went backwards. So statistically, players from South Down clubs should - on average - dominate all selections. That's just maths.

This has been playing out in minor football recently (if less so at u12 and u14, where the Belfast clubs are strong). I wasn't paying that much attention until the past few years, but having kept an eye on club minor league and championship results over the past few seasons, if anything East Down have been overly represented at minor and u21 county level recently. Last season, not once was a SD club beaten by an ED club in the ACMFL. That's a crazy stat.

I genuinely hope it's just a cyclical thing and that over the next few years the equation will balance up again. But it's not going to happen by accident anymore. Any club can "find" a great crop of players at under 12, but it's proving bloody difficult to keep them bothered up to minor level nowadays, it would seem.
[afflicted?? Wise up]

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