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Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:31:20 PM »
It'll be a very competitive League, there wont be much in terms of quality difference between 2nd and 6th. The aim should be for promotion but it wont be a disaster if we stay up in Div 3. Sugrue made leaps and bounds progress in 2018 so it'll be very interesting to see what we can do next year. Would love to see a lot of new faces, as well as the likes of Healy, Merideth and Keogh back to strenghten our backline options. It'll be great to see Sean Moore involved, if he's suitable next year. In fairness, he was quite slight but he has bulked up somewhat. 4 or 5 teams can realistically get promotion; Carlow, Down, Laois are probably the 3 strongest teams on paper but it'll certainly be tight. The difference will be in the preparation this winter.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2018
« on: July 29, 2018, 12:21:07 PM »
Some match between kilcruise and stradbally. Munnelly really turning back the clock - he minds himself so well that he could pass for 30 and there's a bit more in the legs for him. Colm Kelly looked sharp. Two good sides and a cracking game, if a little technically naive in terms of tactics but that's the fun of club. Great to see Chris conway kicking well with Davy. Also good news about healy for portlaoise. He's back just in time to get a club season ahead of his return to Laois Footballers 2019 (hopefully)

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That fella Begin for Monaghan poor enough not worth an all star ?? That’s the standard for the deluded among us.
Would someone translate this please?
I think what he's trying to say is that some people on here, including myself, believe Brody is not far off being nominated for an all-star. Ballyroan's critical thinking seems to be off, so he assumes because we rate Brody, we don't rate Beggan. Not sure what he's on about to be honest. Everyone knows Beggan is a class, serious keeper, and there isn't any post that says otherwise on here.

On a side note, the fact that Monaghan are doing very well in the Super 8's looks well on our ability and potential, in my opinion. We were competitive enough with them for large periods of the Laois Monaghan match and were still in the game with 5 mins to go. The fact that we were fairly competitive with what looks like a top 4 team bodes well for next year, hopefully.
It was the exact same carry on, when we played Dublin in Kilkenny 2 years ago. When the other team are playing in 2nd gear, as Monaghan were in the 2nd half against us.  You cannot judge where we are, Brody there is no denying his performance against Monaghan but in all reality his busy because our defense is not holding up.  I get it we have to look at the positives, but comparisons with Monaghan who have been building over 4 or 5 years are overly optimistic.  We really need to keep progressing up the League and hopefully championship draws are kind.

Saying that the only reason we have periods of playing well against good teams is that they're in 2nd gear makes no sense. So Dublin, a team who butcher everyone and try to beat you by a hockey score, just went easy on us when we started to play well. Yeah right. Or Monaghan were going easy on us in the 2nd half in Navan this year? No they weren't. We need to give ourselves credit and not be afraid of it. Monaghan were the better team but we competed well enough with them for 30- 35 mins. We won the 2nd half there. The prize was a super 8's spot - of course they were not going in 2nd gear.

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That fella Begin for Monaghan poor enough not worth an all star ?? That’s the standard for the deluded among us.
Would someone translate this please?
I think what he's trying to say is that some people on here, including myself, believe Brody is not far off being nominated for an all-star. Ballyroan's critical thinking seems to be off, so he assumes because we rate Brody, we don't rate Beggan. Not sure what he's on about to be honest. Everyone knows Beggan is a class, serious keeper, and there isn't any post that says otherwise on here.

On a side note, the fact that Monaghan are doing very well in the Super 8's looks well on our ability and potential, in my opinion. We were competitive enough with them for large periods of the Laois Monaghan match and were still in the game with 5 mins to go. The fact that we were fairly competitive with what looks like a top 4 team bodes well for next year, hopefully.

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Another example is Farrell from Ballylinan . Clearly not up to standard .

Your posts are starting to rot me. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but dismissing lads so readily and naming them individually is quite frankly pathetic. Until you can find better, they are the ones putting in the time and pulling on the jersey. This isn't the X fFactor you know
Exactly, well said High Fielder.

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Are we in a masters championship next season ?
If you consider an average age amongst those 15 players of 26.1 years old to be "masters", then yeah we'll be in a masters competition. If, like me, you consider 26.1 years old to be a good median age for the starting 15 then we need not panic. Plenty of strong younger lads challenging for spots, too. Like Piggott, Crowley, Lowry and Moore. And to Laoisabu, those players are starting out their inter county career, very young lads. I was impressed with them this year and they will come on in standard. How you can say Collins or Crowley are not up to inter county standard is beyond me. I see good potential in those lads, same as Farrell. Plenty of potential in Eoin Lowry, Danny O Reilly and Sean Moore too. Once we harness that incoming potential and make them a lot stronger with s&c, I'm not that worried as we still have a lot of big players well under 30 - (Brody 24, Dillon 28, Attride 25, JOL 29, Donie and Paul Kingston 27/23, Even O carroll 25 etc). The big emphasis must now be to bring on those younger lads coming through. I wish for Sugrue to be kept on if we can at all. After 3-4 years of poor management, we finally have a senior set up that does these players justice.

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Just an experimental 2019 line-up, look at that power house of a FF line  :P. Brendan out as third midfielder if needs be .

Brody,

Cahir Healy, Timmons, Dillon,

Attride, Begley, Collins

JOL, Lillis

Conor Merideth, P. Kingston,  D' O Reilly,

Evan O Carroll, Brendan Quigley, Donie Kingston.


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I don't agree with those comments from Laoisabu. It's 50/50 if they'll make it or not; they should be tried. It's a poor attitude to think they just won't be good enough. Look at the likes of Collins, crowley, dillon and lillis and look how much they've come on this year. I know lillis and dillon are well established but they've been given a new lease of life this year. Iron sharpens iron and giving new lads trials with the county seniors and hopefully bringing some on board for the squad will bring lads on no end. Was highly impressed with a lot of newer faces this year. Ideally we'll have another 5-7new faces for next year battling for spots. I also hope cahir comes back (and the likes of Conor Merideth) for one last good go of it. When he's fit and strong he's some player and we need more top defenders.

Brody,

Cahir Healy, Timmons, Dillon,

Attride, Begley, Collins/Crowley/Merideth

Looks like a solid back line to me.

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Hasn't been mentioned much but I did note a good improvement on fitness this year. With the loss to Monaghan, it wasn't down to fitness or endurance, moreso to do with the mental speed of the division 1 game and how clinical they were in the first half. I think Cannon deserves respect for what he's done, most of the lads are flying fit. I hope they keep that up now for clubs and end of season. You can have the best tactics and players in the country but if they're not fit you're going nowhere. Big respect for that to all involved in S&C in Laois, let's hope that an appropriate S&C programme is set for U-14 level upwards.

 The gains the kildare underage lads have made has been massive but we can set programmes, too. Doesn't take a genius, it just probably needs full time position for someone to oversee. It's good for the underage lads, too, to have a good solid foundation in s&c for their own lives as they grow up. Would love to see at least 4-6 new faces challenging for places next year. You don't have to have an all-ireland winning u-20 setup for good lads with potential to funnel into senior.

Regarding Donie, he's had a good year overall and I'm glad he came back to the setup. I hope he's glad he came back too - it's hard to play with 2-3 lads hanging off ya each match. In that respect, we need more lads to put their hands up as forwards to watch for us so that the opposition's defence does not focus on him all the time. In the context of every team hounding him each game, he's had a good year. He's still well in his prime, hopefully next year will be a big year for him if our attack gets more dangerous and clinical. E'OC also had a great year and he's only going to get better. I can see Lowry making a difference next year, he made a solid impact when he was introduced. A couple more new, fast, clinical forwards would make a massive difference. Sugrue and management team has my vote to stay on and bring us forward for 2019.

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I know we don't get to pick the draw but it would have been great to test ourselves against division 2 teams this year to see where we stand, someone like meath or armagh. It's very hard to bridge the gap in pace and standard of division 1 teams, coming from division 4.

Regarding sugrue, judging by his following comments, he wants to stay on at least another term. I don't think anyone in the whole county would oppose that:

For now, however, Sugrue has only a couple of immediate plans. “I'm looking forward to maybe progressing some of those individuals thoughts a bit further if we get another term. There's lots of things hinges on that, that's for a different day. My terms is up as it is right now, and that's another day's work.”

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Extremely proud Laois man tonight and very happy with the year. Looking forward to 2019 season already, it usually takes me over a week to get over the usual heavy defeat to exit the championship. This year was different in many ways. Drinks up town soon, see ye there  :P. A more comprehensive review of the year coming later this week.

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Lads, if ye want to insult each other like 5 year olds, nobody wants to see that only yourselves. There's a private messaging function on here so go in there and go nuts. Otherwise you'll just continue to look pathetic to be fair.

Regarding the match, if we beat monaghan, we deserve to be in the super 8's and I'd love to be in it. It would be great for Laois football and for youngsters interest in gaa in Laois, 100%. If, as expected, we come up short, then so be it. We've had a great year at senior level, all things considered. It's bonus territory so I hope all go out, let loose and express ourselves. As sugrue says, let's see where that takes us. Laois abu!

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I don't really agree that Monaghan aren't in good form - they beat Tyrone and had a solid league, beating Dublin in the process. They also annihilated Waterford and Leitrim. So the only real blip on their CV this year is that Fermanagh game where they lost with a late goal after being 2 points up.

That being said, I think we're better than our 2nd half performance against Dublin suggests. Monaghan will be very tough to play against and have some top players in Beggan, Whylie, Hughes, Malone and McManus. We've only had 6 days to analyse them properly, but I think John can come up with something to make us competitive. I'd love to see a good performace above anything else and see where it takes us. If we do lose, it'd be good to go out on a good performance and build for next year. Right now i can't see anything but a 4-6 point loss or so, being realistic. Bookies usually aren't far wrong. monaghan are 1/6 to win and we're 5/1. Whatever happens though, it's been a very pleasing year for us and progress has already been made. We're really in bonus territory as stated before, so let's give 100% and see where it takes us.

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What's your team don?

Very good interview with John Sugrue, pre Monaghan: https://m.soundcloud.com/midlandssport/john-sugrue-pre-monaghan

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I'd go with something like this:
         

          Brody
 
Strong Timmons Dillon
   
   Damien O Connor

Crowley Begley Collins

        JOL Lillis

Evan O'C  P Kingston Donoher

   Donie    Gary Walsh


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