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Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: November 09, 2019, 09:27:24 PM »
Why should the white hoop be straight ?


When Laois won the Leinster in 2003 there was no white hoop on the jersey  ;)

GAA Discussion / Re: Johnny Joyce RIP
« on: November 01, 2019, 02:45:07 PM »
I saw that death notice in paper and I did guess that it was the same man that scored 5 goals in a Leinster SFC match.án-creedonwhen-d/1720181521404117/


Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: October 31, 2019, 04:07:37 PM »
Re. views on Donie above - in my opinion his languid style can sometimes give the misleading impression that he's not going flat out.
Hopefully he will be available next year as his absence would be a massive loss.

General discussion / Re: Short weekend hotel breaks
« on: August 25, 2019, 07:40:44 PM »
Slieve Donard would fit the bill perfectly but too pricey  :)
We're hoping to get 2 nights B&B for two plus 1 dinner for €300 - €350.

General discussion / Re: Short weekend hotel breaks
« on: August 25, 2019, 06:39:30 PM »
Looking to book a weekend break up north next month, preferably in the Mourne area.
Any advice on a good value Hotel & Spa (maybe 4-star) ?
Burrendale gets good reviews but any other recommendations welcome.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Needs a heavier sliotar
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:01:58 PM »
Watch: Laois 'keeper Rowland scores from a puckout

If we can't have a heavier sliotar we'll have to extend the pitches !

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:07:52 AM »
Very disappointing news but thank you John Sugrue.
Getting us back up from Division 4 to Division 2 was a testament to his ability - he had the skillset and did an excellent job.
I think we all would have wished him to continue.

Anyway, whether it was to be John or a new manager there was always going to be a rebuilding job to be done.
Obviously the backbone of our team is ageing but we we do have some bright prospects emerging from Under-20.
The new man will have his work cut out to consolidate our place in Division 2 while blooding younger lads in the process.

Whoever is chosen I just hope he can do as least as good a job as John Sugrue has done.

GAA Discussion / Re: Super 8s
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:49:08 PM »
Were the "Super 8s" introduced on a 2-3 year trial basis or is it a permanent feature ?

If favourites Dublin and Tyrone win next weekend it would obviously make Cork-Roscommon in Round 3 meaningless.
A dead rubber match, should it arise, surely serves no purpose.
Players won't want to go through the motions and supporters should not have their loyalty tested given the costs associated with supporting your county.

Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:55:43 AM »
Well said blueandwhite !

Laois / Re: Second tier football championship
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:14:07 PM »
A second tier is doomed to failure in same way as All-Ireland B and Tommy Murphy Cup failed
- whatever about maximising player committment under present system there will be little appetite amongst many players for a second rate competition
- the better coaches will not be attracted to second tier teams
- supporters will vote with their feet, e.g. Laois v Offaly in second tier would have no appeal.

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:48:08 AM »
blewuporstuffed's proposed system above is the best I have seen.
This would be an excellent solution.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cork V Laois - Round 4 Qualifier
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:19:26 PM »

So to qualify the Super 8s should be about the best 8 or as close as possible but Monday's ensured that it's not, Laois I think will be there on merit in the context of draw but the draw does not reflect on the meritocracy of the league or the best 8 teams in the country.

Martin Breheny makes the same case in today’s Indo – “Qualification system not delivering real Super 8''.
If that is what is required then simply allow only NFL Division 1 teams to play Super 8s !

The Super 8s are a cumbersome bolt-on to the AI Series with the obvious aim of generating revenue.

Whilst the system of Provincials, Qualifiers and AI-Series prior to Super 8s had faults nevertheless the AI Quarter-Final weekend was widely anticipated by supporters. Over the years we had Fermanagh, Tipperary and Wexford qualify for All-Ireland Semi-Finals.
The introduction Super 8s was a nonsensical idea in my opinion.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cork V Laois - Round 4 Qualifier
« on: July 03, 2019, 01:14:55 AM »
Hey Rossfan - given that you seem to linger around this forum day and night do you not realise that Cork/Laois are in your group ?

If by chance we meet you in the 3rd round of Super 8s here's a reminder of your last visit to Portlaoise :

GAA Discussion / Re: Cork V Laois - Round 4 Qualifier
« on: July 03, 2019, 12:54:10 AM »
John Sugrue has done a very good job since taking over Laois last year - successive promotions from Divisions 4 & 3 to Division 2 next year. Last 12 last year as Leinster finalists and last 12 this year via qualifiers.

We had just under 10,000 in attendance in O’Moore Park last Saturday – a beautiful Summer’s evening and throw-in delayed by 10 minutes because of congestion at the turnstiles. Offaly brought very good support as it does seem they are finally back on an upward curve under John Maughan after years in the doldrums. Laois had a good result up in Derry and Laois-Offaly rivalry whetted the appetite for a good contest.

Now, if Laois and Offaly were to meet in a 2nd Tier competition you would be lucky to have 500 in attendance. There would simply be no appetite for it among players and supporters.

One of our Lilywhite neighbours on this forum, Dinny Breen, tells us that "“That draw has killed the Super 8 as spectacle” - it's seemingly a widely held opinion that "lesser" teams such as Laois have no place in the Super 8s. Is the All-Ireland Championship just about TV ratings ?

GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: July 01, 2019, 12:19:47 AM »
There is an obvious need for Tiers in the hurling championship – top tier hurling is limited to a geographical area – Munster, South Leinster and outposts in the west (Galway) and in the north (Antrim).  Club and county teams outside the hurling strongholds can never attain the skills to match those of teams within the hurling strongholds. This argument does NOT hold for Gaelic Football.

It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that current Division 4 teams such as Antrim and Wicklow could compete at the top level of intercounty football. It would obviously take some time and need a lot of things to fall into place – progress at underage, good management structure, player commitment etc. Both counties have produced All-Ireland Club Champions – St Galls and Baltinglass.

In my opinion the plan to introduce a 2nd Tier in the All-Ireland Football Championship is a big mistake and a backward step. Anybody that thinks that it won’t mirror the failure of the All-Ireland B Football Championship (1990s) and The Tommy Murphy Cup (2000s) is deluding themselves – try looking up the Roll of Honour for these competitions. With the best will in the world you will never get 100% commitment for a 2nd Tier All-Ireland Football Championship – a significant element of players and supporters simply do not have the appetite for it.

What we have now and what can be improved upon is a National Football League with 4 Divisions/Tiers based on merit. Play the NFL in Spring & early Summer feeding into “Super 8s”. Let the All-Ireland Championship revert to straight knockout like before the backdoor was introduced.
It was interesting that on tonight’s Sunday Game there was no analysis on one of the qualifier matches – that between Division 3 teams Laois and Offaly. 

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