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GAA Discussion / OTB - Omagh Bombing - Omagh GAA
« on: Today at 09:51:17 AM »
https://youtu.be/TAI4viKGswc?t=2676

Really good work by Shane Stapleton this, not an easy listen but none the less compelling as Niall McSorley, Paddy Quinn & Karl Logue talk about that fateful day.

OTB are certainly pushing the boundaries of sports broadcasting in this country.

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GAA Discussion / Willie Barret - Referees Development Chairman
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:57:50 PM »
He should resign, the standard of refereeing is at all time low.

If Anthony Nolan is one of the best referee's in the country then it's time to bring back Seamus Aldridge.

This notion that unless it can be implemented at club level the it can't be introduced is ridiculous, the pace of inter-county football is miles ahead of the highest club standard.

If the GAA can have full time administrators then it's time for full-time referees.

5 per province for football and hurling- refereeing Jan -Sep, training and educating referees - Oct - Dec.

Put them on a retainer of 25k and then a match fee.



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GAA Discussion / Hurling For Cancer #newbridgeornowhere Aug 14th
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:02:54 PM »



Well worth supporting, you'll even get to see Dinny Jnr swing a hurl/hurley/piece of wood at half-time.

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GAA Discussion / Kevin McStay
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:56:52 PM »
Gobshite!

Massive ban coming his way. Pushed a linesman and then threw a ball at his head hitting him.

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I hope it's sunny.

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GAA Discussion / Kildare v the GAA Part 2
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:54:05 PM »
Kudos to the Kildare Hurlers & their Antrim Brothers


Kildare and Antrim hurlers release joint statement on farcical playoff situation facing both counties
By Patrick Ward 22:26 Thursday 28th of June 2018

The GPA have released a statement tonight on behalf of the Kildare and Antrim hurlers ahead of their playoff this Saturday, which will determine which side plays in next year's Joe McDonagh Cup.

Meath finished last in the second tier competition, meaning they were relegated to the Christy Ring Cup, while Antrim finished second from bottom. Kildare won the Christy Ring Cup, but they will not be automatically be promoted to the Joe McDonagh Cup as the GAA are trying to cut that competition down to five teams ahead of 2019.

It means that a playoff between Antrim and Kildare has been included in the structure of the competition, which is the main bone of contention for both counties. The statement released by the GPA also outlines the farcical timing of the game, which arrives just seven days after Kildare won a national title in Croke Park and has been fixed for Armagh at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon.

Joe Quaid told KildareNow earlier this week that he felt there should be no playoff game, and, seeing as there is one in the offing now, questioned why it was being rushed.

The statement on behalf of the players also outlines how teams in the lower tiers are now being marginalised and that events such as this is only hampering the development of hurling in counties such as Kildare.

Some people may ask why a statement has only come to light on the Thursday evening before the game, but one prominent member of the Kildare senior hurling team told KildareNow that the players would not raise the issue ahead of the Christy Ring Cup final as it would create a distraction that would upset their chances, while also giving an air of over confidence that they might win the game. The GPA have been preparing this statement since Wednesday through dialogue with players from both counties.

There is no threat of the players on either side refusing to fulfil the fixture, but there is a hope that the GAA might analyse the structure of the competitions ahead of next season. A six-team competition would certainly make more sense than a five-team competition.

Statement on Behalf of Kildare and Antrim Senior Hurling Panels

The players of the Kildare and Antrim Senior Hurling Teams wish to jointly express our discontent with the Joe McDonagh Cup promotion/regelation play-off scheduled for Saturday the 30th of June 2018.
We feel it incumbent on us to highlight the unfairness and inconsideration surrounding this fixture in the hope that we can positively affect change for the future.

The players feel that our opinions in this matter should be heard and considered with our welfare in mind and not disregarded with the simplistic recourse of referencing agreed procedures as this will be perceived by us as a belittling of the respect that should be afforded the players. We are the ones who must go through the stresses and strains of these decisions and wish for our opinions to be valued.

Both panels believe neither team should be required to play in a promotion/relegation play-off for a number of reasons:

1. The Joe McDonagh Cup should remain at 6 teams; a request which is made in the interest of competitiveness, fair-play and equity. The McDonagh Cup has shown everyone how competitive hurling at the lower levels has become and the tier below the Liam McCarthy should encourage teams to achieve higher standards, not shut them out. This is a point which many panels have echoed throughout the year. A 5 team competition is illogical and only serves to make it more difficult for aspiring counties to compete. Antrim should remain in the competition as they did not finish bottom and Kildare should fill the relegated 6th spot.

2. The Christy Ring Cup competition, and by consequence the Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher Cups, have been eroded in standing for a number of years consistently since their inception. For example, the Christy Ring Final used to take place before Liam McCarthy All-Ireland Semi-Finals, which held true to the original intentions of promoting hurling in the weaker counties. This progressive principle has been lost to a point where all these competitions have been downgraded to tiers 3, 4 and 5 and run off in their entirety before the end of June. This does nothing to promote respect for these competitions and this grievance has been aired numerous times in the past.

3. If the system of promotion/relegation matches is being discarded next year, then the time for implementation was this year’s competitions. They are unjust, unequal in advantage and unnecessarily stressful. Winning your respective competition must be the end-point and high-point of your competitive year. No further fixtures should ever be considered for any reason and automatic promotion must be the incentive. Promoted teams should be afforded the courtesy and respect of being given a pre-season to prepare for superior opposition and competition. Kildare suffered under a similar situation in 2014 and failed to win the Christy Ring for a further 3 seasons. This could have happened to any team in the competition that year. Manipulating the rules of promotion/relegation in such a fashion can and does have long term ramifications for progression.

4. The scheduling of this fixture exemplifies a blatant disregard for the welfare of the players. Both panels acknowledge that the week turnaround, the date, the timing and the location were not fixed with the best interest of the players in mind. We call for a more transparent, communicative, flexible and equitable process to be considered when fixing matches, especially of this nature and given the circumstances of all players involved.

5. Regardless of the result on Saturday both panels will support each other to retain the 6 team McDonagh Cup format and pursue all possible avenues to make this happen.

We fully accept that this fixture has been agreed upon and set since before the competitions commenced but these are the views of the players. This statement is an appeal to the GAA to listen to the concerns of the players and that increased respect is given to all participants of the great game of hurling.

Regards,

Kildare and Antrim Senior Hurling Panels 2018
28th June 2018

Can't see St Conleths getting a cent in the next 5 years  8)

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GAA Discussion / Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:32:04 AM »
Should be played in Newbridge and hard luck on all those Mayo supporters.

We know it won't though because of €€€€€€€€€€

Funny thing is, even though the majority of Mayo supporters will miss out you couldn't see them kicking up a fuss if it was played in Newbridge.

It would be a bigger ticket frenzy than the All-Ireland, imagine the hype.

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General discussion / Biggest Sh*t Stirrers
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:47:14 PM »
Joe Brolly?
Neil Francis?
Ewan MacKenna?
Colm Parkinson?
Eamon Dunphy?
George Hook?
Ger Gilroy?
Paul Kimmage?

I presonally wouldn't put Parkinson or Gilroy in there and it's not particular to Ireland but by jesus we have some of the biggest arseholes talking about sport in this country. They will all claim not to be cheerleaders, hitting you with facts etc etc but they are always negative and never constructive. Empty vessels who never offer solutions just opinion usually uninformed.

The only thing more annoying is the gobshites who retweet them when they write something they agree with but abuse the f*ck out them when the write something they disagree with. MacKenna's anti-Dublin doping and his anti-rugby musings being a case in point.

Any other nominations?



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General discussion / World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:21:03 PM »
Not sure if any interest as these comps seem to have died a death but set up a board one here...

 Dinny Breen wants you to join his predictions contest GAABoard World Cup Prediction. Here is his message :

    ...

Register directly by following this link, or paste the following link in your browser:
https://www.pronocontest.com/signup?key=1azazgu

The contest key is: 1azazgu.

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The Longford chaps are awfully nice on this board so hard to get the spite up. If only we had drawn Tyrone or Meath...

If Longford go open they will lose, if they go tight they will win. To me it's as simple as that, I hope they go tight, if Kildare lose need to lose better else they are not learning.

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General discussion / Anastasia Kriegel
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:42:13 PM »
One of the saddest things this year was the murder of this young girl!

A 13 year old boy has been charged with her murder.

13 years of age!!!!




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General discussion / Colereaine
« on: May 09, 2018, 09:13:12 PM »
Where is the best place to watch the rugby on Saturday that is close to UUC?

Also where would be the best place for about 20 20 somethings from the South to go out Saturday night?

Any advice appreciated.

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General discussion / Eindhoven
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:45:56 PM »
Heading to a Eindhoven on a stag.

Anyone ever been? Recommendations etc all appreciated.

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Is it alive or dead? If we didn't play it would anyone care?

Anyway The State Council have determined that both Leinster Semi-Finals will be played in Croke Park, which means dearer ticket prices from last year as we now have to pay for a double header. Just bollix really. 

Leinster G.A.A. S.F.C. 2018
1.    Laois    v    Wexford     12.5.2018    Innovate Wexford Park    6.30pm
2.    Louth    v    Carlow     13.5.2018     O’Moore Park     2.00pm
3.    Offaly    v    Wicklow     13.5.2018     O’Moore Park     4.00pm

Probably looking at Laois, Louth and Offaly to progress.

QUARTER FINALS:
4.    Laois/Wexford    v    Westmeath     26/27.5.2018     TBC    
5.    Louth/Carlow    v    Kildare     26/27.5.2018    TBC    
6    Offaly/Wicklow    v    Dublin     26/27.5.2108    TBC    
7    Longford    v    Meath     26/27.5.2018    TBC    

Laois v Westmeath will be hard to call, Laois will have momentum of a good league (Div 4 caveat) and a championship win, Westmeath arguably the best Leinster team of the last 4 years outside the Financial Dopers will not be phased. Tullamore will be the venue and Westmeath to shade. Will be a good game for the neutral.

Louth v Kildare. Should be a double header with the above, Kildare even though had a poor league should benefit from the higher level and can score freely against teams at their level or below. Kildare to win.

Longford v Meath. Venue will be interesting, Cusack park would be a good choice. Tight ground would suit Longford who would be more physical than Meath. Not easy to call, would fancy Longford in a tight ground.


 SEMI FINALS:
8.    4    v    5     10.6.2018     Croke Park    2.00pm
9.    6    v    7     10.6.2018     Croke Park     4.00pm

Westmeath v Kildare.  Again hard to call, Kildare's Division 1 experience to shade it. It will be a soulless game played in an empty Croke Park. With so many games with no outstanding favourites the Leinster Championship would be a great comp if only....

Nice for Longford players to play in Croke Park in the other semi.

FINAL:    8     v    9     24.6.2018     Croke Park     4.00pm

Meh!

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