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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: May 30, 2021, 04:53:56 PM »
Unfortunately it looks like our team has thrown in the towel. Scored avg 10 per game for 3 games, conceded avg 20 pts a game. No drive. No leaders. Aging in players right through the spine with no replacements. This team has been roundly criticised in Laois and where is the backlash? Where is the pride? Where is the passion? Zero. We heard that this is the best panel in years in the media. The players dont want the ball unless its an uncontested, sideways or backways pass.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: May 30, 2021, 03:15:45 PM »
I know this may sound extreme but the Leinster Championship is a dead duck and with no back door I would nearly rather see the Laois team pulled from the championship and put priority on finishing the 2020 championship in July and starting the 2021 club championship in early August. I know I'd much rather watch two potentially exciting club semi-finals and county final on my tv than a Leinster championship game that is ultimately meaningless with Dublin over the horizon if you do win.

I thought this was extreme when I read it first. Now having watched Laois v Kildare I agree.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2021
« on: May 09, 2021, 06:43:28 PM »
We soloed into trouble as the players ahead of the player in possession were completely outnumbered by defenders. The optimism of our forwards about actually winning the ball seemed to wane very quickly when they were so outnumbered. They were chasing shadows for most of game and when they did get the ball they shot straight away as there was no support.

It looked like we played a formation of:
Then carry and shoot any time we see the goals.

Containment game plan. We need Kav, Lyons etc back quick

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:43:33 AM »
Great point South Laois. The social aspect must be nurtured. The days of people driving and having a few pints are well gone but a supporters bus could generate comraderie and fill this void. People would have to consistently avail of it though to make it work. Maybe a football, hurling and dual away game season bus ticket could be bought upfront to ensure it was well supported?

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:20:40 AM »
Im delighted that Derek McGrath is involved. While most view the one game v Offaly as how to judge 2020, I personally dont.

From talking to players and parents McGrath did everything he could for this group. I know they developed as hurlers and people during the year. They definitely learned a lot and McGrath too.

If taking a setback on the chin here means bouncing back and moving on stronger then that great. Everyone is getting wound up about one result. No county does it better.

We havent won a Leinster minor since the 60's. 2020 didnt change that but we do have a great chance to develop young hurlers with McGrath on board. Lets not get notions about ourselves and slate him.

Hes a quality operator.

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: January 16, 2021, 02:51:52 PM »
Thanks for that Liam 👍😉

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: December 14, 2020, 06:49:54 PM »
That's a great read Clonadmad. Big money, facilitates and resources needed to get these type of underage structures right-having UL on their doorstep, people like Cregan and an enviable budget certainly played their part in achieving what they achieved.

A major reason for upturn in Limerick's fortunes has been the promotion of hurling in the city. Huge increase in numbers and interest in GAA. Sadly, previous strategic plans in our own county have noted the need to do something similar in Portlaoise. We are still waiting to see the same upsurge as what Limerick experienced. In fact, I would suggest GAA in Portlaoise at juvenile level has nosedived in the other direction.

Someone suggested earlier that Portlaoise's move out of town has been a blow to the club and Id agree. A very low % of the town population could conveniently walk or cycle to the new pitches. This adds a new layer of difficulty as lifts out and back are now needed.

Its a bit like leaving your hurl at the back door. If its there you are much more likely to pick it up because its handy. But if you put it on a shelf in the garage that needs a ladder to get it, you will never use it.

Perhaps Portlaoise and The COE would have suited better the opposite way around with Portlaoise retaining their pitch beside O'M Park?

General discussion / Re: PS5
« on: December 03, 2020, 04:37:16 PM »
PS5 far superior to PS4? Ive a PS4 a few years. Play a bit of Fifa but was mostly using for netflix!

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 16, 2020, 07:07:11 PM »
Here is the job spec for next senior hurling manager:

- Doesn't stir the pot or throw the county board under the bus or highlight it's ineptness
- Doesn't cost much
- Has enough of a profile that the county board said they got their man but not so much as that he can't be sacrificed when things go wrong
- Ability to bring the county forward - optional

100% box ticking exercise

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 12, 2020, 02:26:21 PM »
The CB attitude is like moving cattle. Prod them with a stick and they will move in the direction you want them to but stop prodding and they will stand on the ditch filling their bellies and looking for a way to dodge the prodding.

We need a need breed of CB. One that is proactice, positive, brings new blood and ideas into the whole thing.

One person wont achieve anything but 5-6 with similar attitudes would be a start.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 01, 2020, 12:46:36 PM »
First half Kk used P Walsh as the spare man and he cut out everything but Dublin didnt have time around the middle to deliver accurately. I think thats the crucial bit. We played with  sweeper but thought of him as a safety net and middle 8-10 stood off allowing dub to score from distance or play around the sweeper or fouled when they tackled.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: October 26, 2020, 10:24:32 AM »
It looks tougher because we still associate Cork, Meath, Down, Kildare and Mayo with being genuine All Ireland contenders. Mayo aside none of them are. They are all in div2 on merit.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: October 25, 2020, 02:42:06 PM »
Without a horrendous goalkeeping mistake from Fermanagh we most likely would have come home with tail between our legs. Fermanagh were still winning by 2 in injury time, already relegated and with a covid depleted panel. That goal handed us the win. Yes we rescued it to a certain extent but a lot of it was Fermanagh shooting themselves in the foot.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 22, 2020, 07:30:36 AM »
Always find it interesting that this board in hopping when we lose and silent when we win.

Good solid win last night. Not much between the 2 teams. Conroy made a good contribution when he came on. Trying to play a lot of carrying and handpassing on a wet night when letting it in and putting opposition under pressure might have served better.

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