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I was at the game, and while I'm not privy to the internal workings of the Offaly squad any more, I was remarking to my Da that the body language of the lads being taken off was not happy. More so than your usual 'Ah for Fecks sake'. I couldn't believe, on the day, in how they handled Nigel Dunne. He wasn't going well, he turned down relatively easy shots at goal from frees (including a ludicrous turnover when trying to go short from a free 30 metres out!), and a dropped short shot at goal. I wasn't surprised to see him being taken off, even though as a senior player you might prefer to give him at least half time to try and right himself.

Then to see him coming back on was bizarre, and if I was a forward on the bench I'd be asking 'what the hell is going on'? He then proceeded to miss another shot at goal, do yet another short free from 30 metres, and miss a penalty. His mind couldn't have been right.

They also brought off a clearly knackered Michael Brazil in midfield, and then brought him back on, with one of the best midfielders in the county on the bench, and remaining unused. In fact there were two subs unused (at least) who would have been obvious candidates for problems in midfield or the forwards. They are either not ready to go, in which case why on the 26?, or there was some other rationale behind their idleness.

They started a man back in the country for a few weeks, and it was obvious from his first action that he just wasn't ready or at the pitch of the game at all. He looked stiff, and his movement was so stilted. He looked like a lad that was stiff and sore. Couldn't extend his stride when running, and couldn't rotate his hips when he was trying to run with a ball carrier, to dispossess him.

At the game I couldn't understand what I was seeing, and we were remarking on it, and it makes a lot more sense now.

Did you hear Wallace on the Parkinson podcast?

Certainly worth a listen for Offaly fans to get the other side of the story.
Yeah, Iíve us all well informed on our own little forum.
Iím happy with our interim management team, theyíve already got lads back on board.

Strange choice.
Has he managed a club team recently/ever?
Stephen Darby won 3 Offaly SFC in a row as manager of Rhode.
John Rouse (Paulís brother) guided Tullamore to an Offaly title a few years ago, and is in charge of them this year.
Alan McNamee captained Rhode to 6 Offaly SFC(heís won 3 or 4 more since)
Rouse won 2 SFC with Tullamore as a player.
Not bad.

GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:25:20 PM »
Big difference between clubs with 1,000 population if even that in their area and ones with 25,000 to 50,000.
Unfortunately, weíve some with less than half of that.

In fairness to the CB, they have done good work on the facilities front. The Faithful Fields was a visionary project, and is a brilliant facility. It looks the business from the roadside, and the pitches are lovely. Apparently the facilities in there are good as well, gym etc.

Their record of sticking with managers, or supporting them, is far weaker however. I'm not sure if it's the personalities involved or what, but they have a real blind spot when it comes to backing managers, or picking the right ones to begin with. They obviously don't pay massive 'expenses' so perhaps the big names are out of their league, but they seem to fall between two stools. Don't pick a big name, and pick lads with 'projects' and then when there's a setback, bottle it and get rid of him.

That was organised by Kieran Keenaghan, Duignan, Colm Cummins, Sod Daly, etc.
They went around getting money from companies such as Grennanís and Banagher Concrete.

See for more conspiracies and opinions on it.

There's only one man for the job.

Heís retired now, even more time.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:50:50 PM »
Munster Championship Week 1 this Sunday. Looking forward to it, heading into the Gaelic Grounds for Tipp and Limerick. Weather is not going to be good it looks like, but it should be a good tussle. I'd actually expect Limerick to prevail in this one. The conditions will suit a high intensity game, and they have the hurlers to punish Tipperary.

Clare and Cork on as well this Sunday. Down in the park. Hard to know how this will go. I think Clare may have already peaked with this bunch a few years ago. Cork seem to be coming again, so I think they may have enough below in Cork.
Feck that, go to the Offaly game.

GAA Discussion / Re: O'Byrne Cup 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:45:30 PM »
First Offaly, now Westmeath.
What's going on in the Midlands?
Their working towards amalgamation.
Weíd have half of South Roscommon with the land grab soÖ,
Seriously f**k off, Iíd sooner join with ye than them, or Leix, or Tipp, or Meath, or Kildare, or Galway.

Sure maybe they'll all make the last 8......
Louth and Carlow are now in D3.
Offaly seem to have totally imploded.
Laois, now D3 will beat Wexford 19 times out of 20.
New York are the 33rd best team in the Championship.
Sligo won handy enough in London.
 Anyway 8 years ago Roscommon who had been relegated to D4 won Connacht.
I assure you, New York would beat us, a decent club team would beat us.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:02:21 AM »
f**k Leinster.

ah so, well done to them. A serious, serious outfit. I hope they get absolutely pissed for the entire next week!
At least Iím not the only Offaly man to shout for Munster.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:29:42 PM »
One man team

Shut down Salah and there's no one else to win the game
So Neverton are a 0 man team then?

GAA Discussion / Re: All of those Laois Pages
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:44:12 PM »
The Laois GAA forum got shut down, and there was a bit of migration here.

Is there many other counties with their own forums?

I know tipp, cork, Clare, kerry and Dublin have very active ones

Armagh seems to have a love hate relationship with their fans/forum.
Mayo is very active.
I think the Rossies have another incarnation of Stolen Sheep.
Offaly has uibh fhaili dot com.
Aye, we do. You havenít posted in a while.  :(

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