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Laois / Re: Gaels amalgamations
« on: January 11, 2017, 04:40:46 PM »
Is it time for the co board to get meaningfully involved with amalgamations? I know it may be similar to govt staying away from industrial disputes etc. but perhaps some order should be brought to these arrangements rather than the haphazard approach we've seen over the winter. If a special convention was called where the whole situation was properly debated and guidelines set down it could help. It seems to be gone beyond a club issue at the moment and the whole county set up is under serious threat. It needs leadership. Clubs either don't have the numbers or else do and don't seem to have the drive to flourish alone. It's pointless meandering along until it's suddenly too late to act

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2016
« on: October 19, 2016, 05:07:17 PM »
Firstly congratulations to stradbally. They really hung in there, left everything on the pitch and were able to produce the moment of brilliance at the exact right time. Hopefully they'll give Leinster a decent run.
People are getting carried away though heralding a new era. Most suspected the town would be caught in the next couple of years. From a county view you'd hope it was a case of another club matching they're magnificent heights rather than portlaoise coming back to the pack. Unfortunately the latter is the case. Portlaoise were poor by their standards Sunday but were still seeing out the game comfortably enough until Jody Dillon struck. Stradbally only scored one point from a 14 yards free in the 2nd half. Portlaoise made some very poor decisions with the ball when normally they would have put the game to bed. You can't help but feel that had portlaoise (in particular one or two of the normal leaders) played even slightly better they would have won.
While it may be good to see new champions it would be better to see standards raised

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2016
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:53:31 PM »
Great effort by Joseph's really tested portlaoise. First 20 mins was so much faster than previous game. Other teams tried to play like that v portlaoise but didn't have the pace to move the ball when they won it or fitness to last the hour. Joseph's do.

That game will bring portlaoise on though after the long lay off. You'd imagine they'll learn from last night. Whoever wins the replay will be in great condition for rest of championship.

Flynn tried to let game flow but some decisions were baffling. Luckily it was 2 teams out to play good fast football

GAA Discussion / Re: Championship structures - the never ending saga?
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:54:23 AM »
Those 4 competitions are from professional money driven sports that have little or no connection with grassroots. There is no chance for exams that a player with a Leinster junior league side could play champions league with dundalk and go back to Leinster junior league a few weeks later.

We're always told gaa is unique in that regard. Your neighbour and club mate can get to play in the biggest days. This proposal is another break in that unique link. It shows disregard to clubs and lesser counties

GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 25, 2016, 10:11:02 PM »
Joke all you want about Mick's counting abilities. Still beat Armagh 3 times this year . 1.......2..........3

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:06:35 PM »
Just thinking the same. He has been a great servant to laois. Seems happy to contribute from the bench nowadays rather than demanding a starting place. He always looked after himself so if he wants he could easily do another year. Maybe have him contribute as a forwards coach under a main overall coach to give him experience for the future

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:51:24 AM »
Clubs would still exist and be a focal point in a divisional set up. Are you suggesting clubs in Kerry have faded away with the arrival of divisional sides. Replace the league with a club championship. Have a meaningful prize for the winners eg represent laois in Leinster if a divisional side wins the main championship.

Think of county underage teams with players from intermediate/junior clubs. They get good coaching while with the county underage teams and probably while in 3rd level education. Eventually they will solely survive in their club environment. Level of coaching will probably drop in standard, exposure and competitive level will definitely drop so their chances of continuing to play for the county are poor. In a divisional set up that would change.

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 11, 2016, 01:55:53 PM »
Few things hard to understand yesterday. Individual mistakes will always happen that's life but...
How many times did we kick frees and lineballs backwards yesterday?
We let most of the 2nd half play out around our half back line by our decisions. Time and time again we either took short kick outside to our cornerbacks or passed possession back to them. Clare just pushed up and put pressure on us turning us over time and time again. Lot to be said for route one on a day like yesterday. Play the game in their half. Tipping did it in the hurling and got 5 goals.
Why can't we tackle individually? The amount of half hearted attempts as Clare ran by us was unreal.
Decision making was very poor. Terrible shot selection when better teams keep patient and wait for better openings.
Where was the fight. After killing themselves all year only one team really wanted to win in the 2nd half

GAA Discussion / Game Sense Book
« on: July 09, 2016, 09:21:13 AM »
Anyone know where I could buy a copy of John Morrison's book Game Sense. It's constantly listed on the Dublin Development website as "New print coming soon" but no sign of anything happening.

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 09, 2016, 12:17:22 AM »
That should have been " better substitutions"

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 09, 2016, 12:15:47 AM »
Because it wasn't robotic football like the first half was. Teams get used to the pedestrian familiar pattern of..we'll let you take a short kick out and start handpassing the ball slowly up the field...meanwhile we'll retreat and try to turn you over once you get to our45...Then you retreat and we'll handpass the ball slowly back down the field etc etc. Armagh pushed up into laois faces in the first 20 mins of the second half, contested every kick out and actually won some ball in our half of the field. They play with abandon which seemed to shock our lads until in fairness to them they composed themselves and pushed on with better subscription. It was actually good football to watch from Armagh. There is plenty of talk around that teams are moving away from the ultra negative approach. Hopefully we're not just starting to adopt it when the better teams are moving to some new firm of play

GAA Discussion / Re: Minors 2016
« on: July 06, 2016, 02:45:50 PM »
Probably only 1500-2000. More laois supporters than the 1st day. Seemed like a smaller crowd travelled from Armagh. They were definitely more vocal the 1st day

GAA Discussion / Re: Laois v Armagh
« on: July 03, 2016, 10:56:48 AM »
Or play football

Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: July 03, 2016, 08:46:20 AM »
Start Mon night in New centre of excellence beside o Moore Park. U8s this week followed by u10 the following week & u12 the week after. Hurling 639 football 745. Details are on laois gaa website

Laois / Re: Newspaper Items
« on: July 02, 2016, 10:06:57 PM »
Just one question...Exactly who's bored of the experience night....can't be the kids cos it should be new kids coming through at least every 2 years so therefore it must be the adult mentors/club officials. That's part of the underage problem. Adults get bored and stale. Instead of renewing and reinvigorating the whole set up it eventually just fades off and kids suffer. It's not entirely the adults fault. They should be helped to maintain their interest and upskill themselves. Hopefully the likiof these new pathway workshops will be the start of that

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