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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: Today at 02:33:59 PM »
The surface in Celtic park is no longer the best in Derry. It resembled a bog in places yesterday. A fine total of 570 paid in,570. When are we going to learn. On a positive note at least we won. A fine start and a good finish but we were poor in between. But I could see signs of improvement

Interesting comment. . . which pitch in Derry do you think would have been better than Celtic Park yesterday?

Any highlights I saw of matches over the weekend the pitches were all bogs all over the place!

Our new pitch is in class condition but wouldn't be suitable for a county match wrt spectators. Loup pitch is the same, great condition but couldn't host a county match. It's a shame we don't alternate the county games between celtic park and venues in south derry like glen, ballinascreen or bellaghy. I would expect a couple of thousand at least at any of those venues which would make for a good atmosphere and the players would certainly enjoy it a lot more. I would advocate 2 games in north derry and 2 in south derry for future league campaigns.

Good post. If more county games (not all) were played in south derry and bigger crowds attended then it might help to put a bit of pride back in the Jersey.


There will be far more that 550 people in Bellaghy this Sunday for St Pats vs St Mary's in the MacRory cup.

Bad times when a school game is getting more support than the county team.

you're comparing apples and oranges there and has zero relevance to the topic at hand

Re the venue for the county matches, I can see both sides of the argument. Owenbeg is slap bang in the middle of the county, and if I mind rightly, 2 out of the 3 home matches would have been played there only for the pitch being sorted. Geographically this should be ideal for all. A good few of the qualifying matches have also been played at Owenbeg in front of fairly paltry numbers. Now if the Dungiven venue is out of action, I'd have no problem bringing the mountain to Mohammad and having league games played in Glen / 'Screen.
The bottom line is we've a very small number of core supporters , bar maybe Antrim (not sure what numbers watch them these days tbh) the rest of the counties in Ulster's core support dwarfs Derry's.
Take the last 2 away games (championship / league) in Castlebar and Longford, the number wouldn't total 100 between both games. But something has to be done as there's serious apathy towards the county team at the minute. If that means having only championship in CP and the vast majority of league / qualifiers in Owenbeg, or Glen or 'Screen, so be it.
But it's a 2 way street, people have to get off their holes and get out and support the men busting themselves for the county and not just show up for the odd big day in Clones or CP.

Speaking of apples and oranges. you compared Emmett Bradley to Anthony Tohill on here after a league game vs Offaly. Give it a rest

Insightful

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: Today at 02:02:24 PM »
The surface in Celtic park is no longer the best in Derry. It resembled a bog in places yesterday. A fine total of 570 paid in,570. When are we going to learn. On a positive note at least we won. A fine start and a good finish but we were poor in between. But I could see signs of improvement

Interesting comment. . . which pitch in Derry do you think would have been better than Celtic Park yesterday?

Any highlights I saw of matches over the weekend the pitches were all bogs all over the place!

Our new pitch is in class condition but wouldn't be suitable for a county match wrt spectators. Loup pitch is the same, great condition but couldn't host a county match. It's a shame we don't alternate the county games between celtic park and venues in south derry like glen, ballinascreen or bellaghy. I would expect a couple of thousand at least at any of those venues which would make for a good atmosphere and the players would certainly enjoy it a lot more. I would advocate 2 games in north derry and 2 in south derry for future league campaigns.

Good post. If more county games (not all) were played in south derry and bigger crowds attended then it might help to put a bit of pride back in the Jersey.


There will be far more that 550 people in Bellaghy this Sunday for St Pats vs St Mary's in the MacRory cup.

Bad times when a school game is getting more support than the county team.

you're comparing apples and oranges there and has zero relevance to the topic at hand

Re the venue for the county matches, I can see both sides of the argument. Owenbeg is slap bang in the middle of the county, and if I mind rightly, 2 out of the 3 home matches would have been played there only for the pitch being sorted. Geographically this should be ideal for all. A good few of the qualifying matches have also been played at Owenbeg in front of fairly paltry numbers. Now if the Dungiven venue is out of action, I'd have no problem bringing the mountain to Mohammad and having league games played in Glen / 'Screen.
The bottom line is we've a very small number of core supporters , bar maybe Antrim (not sure what numbers watch them these days tbh) the rest of the counties in Ulster's core support dwarfs Derry's.
Take the last 2 away games (championship / league) in Castlebar and Longford, the number wouldn't total 100 between both games. But something has to be done as there's serious apathy towards the county team at the minute. If that means having only championship in CP and the vast majority of league / qualifiers in Owenbeg, or Glen or 'Screen, so be it.
But it's a 2 way street, people have to get off their holes and get out and support the men busting themselves for the county and not just show up for the odd big day in Clones or CP.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:30:32 PM »
We mixed the good with the not so good. Emmet Bradley harnessed his inner Tohill in the 1st qtr with a quick 1-02. McGrogan had a fine game. Lynn must have ran a marathon in very heavy conditions.  Decent enough fair with some good scores, Tallons thunderous point probably the pick. A much needed 2 points

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General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:37:04 PM »
Hamed talks some shite.

Way over the top from Hamed . Eubank will go back to middleweight, and if he gets a new team who can somehow get him to ditch the ego and learn how to control a fight, then he can maybe resurrect his career. Not finished yet

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General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:24:02 PM »
Listening now and they reckon the shoulder was buckled at the very start of the 12th round. Brave boy

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General discussion / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:19:38 PM »
Quiet first 2 rounds. Kicked in after. Eubank is a lunatic in the ring, stupid tbh. 30 secs of inactivity then 3/4 haymakers, crazy stuff at this level. Groves won handy enough in the end . The final round was incredible, Rocky 2esque.

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General discussion / Re: The Official Daddies Club
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:25:50 PM »
Keep the head up as best you can Jim, so tough for you all.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:52:59 PM »
Roberto Firmino said before the game he wants to make Porto "suffer". A man to his word.

Classy choice of words from the criminal. Hopefully he doesnt inspire some so-called fans to do likewise in Portugal tonight.

Someone put the child to bed

I'll just drop this in again, what an utter utter utter utter clown


i, for the life of me cannot remember fermanagh beating us in a competitive game. not sure why anyone would think it will happen tomorrow.
Shut....the....f**k.....up......you....embarrassment..to......humanity..........!!!!!!!



Caught the 2nd half. The likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane, their confidence and composure in front of goal will stand to the team in Europe, a potent forward unit

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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Cillian O'Connor
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:52:00 PM »
does COC get any more niggling than any other forward in the game....... or is he the one who bitches and moans to refs most........

he wouldnt walk onto the teams you think he would............do you think Donegal would have him ahead of paddy mc Brearty............my hole they would

I know in the past Donegal had a single forward on the pitch, but times have changed up the north-west and I'd say they would happily accommodate COC . McBrearty is having a very good league campaign, bu take a look at the championship scoring records back til 2013

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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Cillian O'Connor
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:38:37 PM »
"Frustration" my eye.

I get frustrated when I can't open a jam jar. This is a lot more than that.

He's been dishing out sneaky elbows for years & getting away with it.

He was stupid enough to do something in plain sight of the ref & got a deserved red card. About bloody time too.

Am amazed he didn't spend the rest of the game whinging to the ref, which seems to be his second favorite pass time.

Thoroughly dislikable player. Has zero pace & does very little from open play. Is of no use at all to Mayo, if he doesn't get his shit together on the frees.

so how would you be with boys pulling, sledging, nipping at you at every turn if you're frustrated at an inanimate object?

another myth that posters on this board continue to peddle. I've seen the man playing in the flesh a good few times between league and championship, have never seen him not having a fair influence (and I'm not including his performance with the dead ball, of which he is 1 of the 2 best in the country) on proceedings. In the next big Mayo game, count how often the man is on the ball in open play. Bar Dublin, maybe Kerry depending on how Clifford shapes up, he'd walk onto any other team in the country

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:18:15 AM »
http://derrygaa.ie/2018/02/16526/

A career expo at Owenbeg

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:53:24 PM »
McErlain says he will draft in reinforcements in the coming days.

who are these reinforcements likely to be?

After the Longford game, Mackers said 'we'd like a bit more quality across the pitch but we are where we are at the minute. '  Well now is the time to add the likes of McGuckin ( a ball winning inside forward who'll make the ball stick), McBride (would have been one of the stand out defenders in this years club championship and him only back from injury), Heavron (one of the top footballers in Ulster) and Sean Leo. Add these men into the mix and start driving towards the championship. The season can definitely be turned around and we don't have to be heading down to Ballybofey (no disrespect to Cavan) thinking we have Everest to climb. Could be a mission persuading 1, never mind them all to rejoin right enough.
aside from above names you have mentioned, what about the below? probably their clubs best players who have represented the county in the last number of years & have plenty of experience.
o'boyle - lavey
mc alynn - loup
nevin, suckie bell, mckinless - ballinderry
oisin duffy - foreglen
craig - dungiven
eoghan + decky brown - bellaghy

im sure there are more

I was conscious of Mackers rebuilding and going with new blood so didn't want to overload with additions. Bell yes, Craig flat out with the rugby, McKinless is off travelling shortly apparently . The rest would do a job, but imo, the ones listed in bold above should be added (if they'll rejoin) immediately to give the squad a serious injection

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:11:10 PM »
McErlain says he will draft in reinforcements in the coming days.

who are these reinforcements likely to be?

After the Longford game, Mackers said 'we'd like a bit more quality across the pitch but we are where we are at the minute. '  Well now is the time to add the likes of McGuckin ( a ball winning inside forward who'll make the ball stick), McBride (would have been one of the stand out defenders in this years club championship and him only back from injury), Heavron (one of the top footballers in Ulster) and Sean Leo. Add these men into the mix and start driving towards the championship. The season can definitely be turned around and we don't have to be heading down to Ballybofey (no disrespect to Cavan) thinking we have Everest to climb. Could be a mission persuading 1, never mind them all to rejoin right enough.

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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Cillian O'Connor
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:59:55 AM »
Not going to lie, I canít stand him. Have noticed this stuff for a long time now. Even in the first half yesterday he got away with a dirty elbow.

you'd prob think differently if you where a Mayo man

the very best free takers (eg himself and Dean Rock, who are the best around) are worth their weight in gold, especially with many free's occurring in or around the 45 metre line. COC gets dogs abuse from many defenders and bites back on occasion. He definitely overstepped the mark yesterday. Quality player

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 11:25:34 AM »
It was 80 minutes of pure scutter but what Sexton  did at the end, with the restart, the kick to Earls and the drop goal, especially in the context of his earlier miss which would have made him the fall guy, with the season on the line, was as good a piece of perfection under pressure as you'd ever see in sport. Bradyesque. I've no love for the sport or the team but you have to admire greatness.

Could have written that myself. Pure class from Sexton at the end.

100%. Will never tire of watching it. Even in phase 4, Sexton breaks the line through a couple of tackles. The whole 40 phases in the rain culminating in the drop kick at the end was just incredible. Sporting drama at it's very best

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