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Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:30:39 AM »
If a young fit lad can't stay fresh and recover in 7 days, there's something wrong. He'd be fully recovered in 3-4 days provided he's not injured. Mentally, that's another question, especially if you're coming off a loss. For example, Westmeath in hurling were not helped at all. But I believe the 1 week turn around did us no harm, in this particular context. I will admit though, that 2 weeks is likely more ideal in general. I'm just saying that I don't think we were harmed with the one week turn around this year. We were out on our feet in the 2nd half due to going down to 14 and competing against a top, top side, not because we were still feeling the effects of the Dublin game, in my opinion.

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:49:03 PM »
I’d say that it will be fine tuned over the winter. The result vs the Dubs was probably unexpected when the programme was being put together.
One can hope.

Even so, the schedule was knowingly set up with seven days between the Joe McDonagh Final and the Preliminary Quarter-Finals--with the knowledge that two battle-worn JMcD teams would be taking the pitch to meet two successful Leinster panels who were well-rested, locked and loaded.
I see your point, Mossy, but I have to say, as a player, you want to be playing week in, week out, and it's my opinion that the regular games and week turnaround in fact helped Laois and our match sharpness. Most players love games every weekend as opposed to training. Also, a week is plenty of time to recover from a game the week before. We saw great momentum between the Joe Mc to the Dublin game to the Tipp game, we could easily have taken the energy out of it and over analysed had it have been 2-3 week break.

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 15, 2019, 03:44:21 PM »
Do you reckon we could be in line for multiple (4 or 5) all-star nominees...and, dare I ask, do you think we could actually have one or two all - stars named on the 15?

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:03:34 PM »
Fantastic performance Lads, love the attitude of this team. Doing us all very proud. I have to admit, i generally support the footballers more than the hurlers  as I'm with a footballing club, but this bunch of lads has won a lot of support this year, and not only from people inside the county. Neutrals really seem to hope that we'll bridge the gap and become a force in Leinster, too. It's great to see. Credit to all involved.

PS Mossy - that lap of honour was filmed and is here on the laois gaa twitter page:

Laois / Re: Second tier football championship
« on: July 11, 2019, 07:37:31 PM »
We'd find ourselves in the top tier now i imagine if they done a split.
That doesn't matter, we could easily be in the 2nd tier in a year or two if they brought it in. We are one of those borderline counties. It would be a sheer and utter disaster for teams like Laois, Offaly, Derry etc to play 2nd tier football. It's not the way to go at all. World cup style championship is the way to go. Fair for all and a chance for a small team like Laois or Wexford to build over a 5 year process to become one of the better teams. If a team like Laois is thrown into tier 2, what incentive do young lads in Laois have, 13 / 14 /15 year olds, of playing for the county? None. It's a disaster of an idea and will signal a slow death for football in a lot of counties, soon to be the next Kilkenny.

Laois / Re: Leinster U-20 Football Championship 2019
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:46:04 PM »
It's amazing what 2 years can do. 2 years ago the consensus was that Laois football was on the way down will no end in sight. No players up coming. Aging team. Division 4 and maybe stay there for most of the next 5-10 years. But now the U-20's are in the Leinster final with a decent shot against Dublin, we've been in the last 12 in senior the last couple of years, and we're back up to where we belong in senior league - Div 2. I didn't see it coming, but it's great. A lot of great work has gone on behind the scenes, respect and congrats to all who have made it happen. Long may it continue.

Laois / Re: 2019 All Ireland Football Qualifiers
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:38:56 AM »
I'd love if Sugrue stayed around for years. He's not perfect and he's still "learning on the job". He did make errors this year, but who doesn't. He's a fantastic person for the role. I'm sick of seeing new managers every couple of years - there's no continuity then, and inevitably we get journeymen who set the county back for years. There's a great culture of respect and working hard now, in Laois football. Nobody is guaranteed their spot. I hope Sugrue becomes a Boylan / Cody / Harte / Gavin type long - term presence within Laois football. We've made huge strides and things are looking up. I hope he has the desire to keep going with Laois. 

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:18:26 AM »
Mossy and people outside the country - my son uploaded this video of the highlights there. He said he couldn't record it directly from the TV so he taped it with his phone. So heads up, the quality isn't brilliant but it might be better than nothing. Make sure to set the playback to 720 or 1080p for best quality. Hope you enjoy. Tony.

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:11:38 PM »
Mossy, my son recorded that for you on the Sunday Game, it's uploading to his YouTube now. I'll send you the link when it's uploaded. It's a big file, so it might be Irish Monday morning by the time it's all uploaded & I can send the link to you then. Tony.

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 07, 2019, 09:13:23 PM »
Well done lads. Ye kept the faith when things weren’t looking great. Ye really deserve today’s result, especially Mossy . Laois abú
Thanks for the mention there, Seafoid. But all I do is sit on my arse, wearing a bath robe (blue and white, by the way), coffee in hand, yelling, LAOIS, LAOIS, LAOIS.

(a scary picture, I imagine)
You're a gas character, Mossy  ;D ;D ;D

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 07, 2019, 06:03:22 PM »
Fantastic win! Well done all!

Laois / Re: 2019 All Ireland Football Qualifiers
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:24:40 PM »
Cork are no use Tony,  but still have faith in Sugrue but that was winnable.
You sound very confused Ballyroan. Cork just beat us by 14 points. And still you say they're no use. Bit deluded to be fair. Cork are clearly preparing for the championship, they've got a good manager now with a top record, they've gotten rid of the old dinousaur managers and tactics. The new manager knows power and pace does a lot of damage. Cork wont be a walk over against Dublin either, mark my words. They'll lose to Dublin but not by more than 6. They'll come very close to Tyrone, could go either way. They'll beat Roscommon. We lost to a good side and there's no shame in it. We'll be back stronger for 2020.

I feel bad for Colm and Mark Timmons that they didn't get more of a run of it this year. I really hope nobody retires, even Ross. I didn't see anyone who needs to retire yet. These lads mind themselves well and can go another few years (I'm referring to the Begleys / JOLs etc). Donie was really coming good the last few games and I hope he continues that into next year, he is a class player through and through. His fitness came along well as the year progressed. I hope the lads see the potential for us to be better and stick around. I also hope we see Healy and Merideth for 2020. And we could do with Zach Tuohy if he's feeling like ripping up the championship next year; what a difference he would make. Well done to all involved for the progress we've made this year. Next year it gets a bit more serious.

Healy Timmons Merideth
Attride Begley Dillon
JOL Lillis
Scully Zach Tuohy Benny Carroll
Paul Kingston  Donie  Evan O' Carroll.

Plenty of the younger lads coming through knocking at the door too, but I still see this as our best 15, strong lines, everybody playing in their best position.

Laois / Re: 2019 All Ireland Football Qualifiers
« on: July 06, 2019, 07:47:50 PM »
Cork looked very shambolic.

Hard luck to all involved. Good year for Laois across the board, regardless. We're not at that level yet but we're making good progress. We'll be back stronger for 2020. Looking forward to switching the attention now to the underage and also the hurlers at OMP. Huge respect and praise deserved for all involved this year and thanks for some good days out along the way. Onwards and upwards

Laois / Re: 2019 All Ireland Football Qualifiers
« on: July 06, 2019, 11:24:57 AM »
I love the confidence, I just dislike one or two posters describing Cork as "shambolic" and a poor team etc. That talk is just stupid and ignorant.

We wont fear them and we'll give our all. Let the best team win. Laois abu

Laois / Re: 2019 All Ireland Football Qualifiers
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:50:17 PM »
19/20 neutrals would predict Cork. That's just the reality of the situation. So you can live in deluded world if you like but facts are facts. It's clear that Cork are not HOT favourites but they're certainly WARM favourites for this one. That's the consensus between all the expert journalists and any neutral opinion I've seen.

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