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Auction item #5 and 3 to a lesser extent




2,4 & 8 raised my eyebrow far more

Is Conor McManus a reknown children’s entertainer?

He does a great balloon elephant  ;D

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 15, 2019, 01:26:33 PM »
It’s easy for OGS. He has no pressure and accepts that he will likely be gone at the end of the seasons so he can play who he likes and get them playing ‘good’ football. There’s limited expectations and as a result the players can play with a bit of freedom. There’s be the inevitable bounce and he’s riding a crest of a wave. The thing is though imagine DDG didn’t have a worldie the other day? United could easily have lost by 2-3 goals and the bubble would have been well and truly burst. He’s doing a good job but the lack of pressure makes it very easy for him and the players. Give him the job on a permanent basis and the expectation and demands change.
I think the DDG performance is getting well blown out of proportion. He didnt have a worldie, he had a good day he stopped shots he would be expected to save in any other game in any other context. It was the volume of shots that made it seem more like a top class performance, but break each chance down and look where he saved them, none we out of his reach or a complex save.

Dont get me wrong he is the best keeper in the world, but on Sunday he was just doing what he does with minimum fuss.

Look at the other end as well, Pogba had two clear chances and Martial was wasteful with a couple of good break aways, so it could easily have ended up with a bigger score the other way.

It was effectively a siege on the United goal for the last half hour. Maybe there were few “spectacular” saves, but figure in that (unlike his defence and midfield) he continually closed down the correct angle, never once deflected a save into a dangerous area, and rather importantly killed the clock for every goal kick - absolutely necessary for him to do, as his teammates couldn’t hold the ball for more than 5-7 seconds throughout the second half - and you’ve got a world class display.

Exactly. The thing about the top top players, and this includes goalkeepers, is that they make the spectacular look straight forward due to positioning and anticipation. If a keeper is having to make huge dives all over the place on a regular basis to make saves that would suggest to me that their starting point and their reading of things is weak. As they get older and slower the reflexes slow down

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:23:38 AM »
It’s easy for OGS. He has no pressure and accepts that he will likely be gone at the end of the seasons so he can play who he likes and get them playing ‘good’ football. There’s limited expectations and as a result the players can play with a bit of freedom. There’s be the inevitable bounce and he’s riding a crest of a wave. The thing is though imagine DDG didn’t have a worldie the other day? United could easily have lost by 2-3 goals and the bubble would have been well and truly burst. He’s doing a good job but the lack of pressure makes it very easy for him and the players. Give him the job on a permanent basis and the expectation and demands change.

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General discussion / Re: Dublin Airport to Listowel
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:44:34 AM »
Whats the best way to get to Listowel from Dublin Airport for a group of 12-15 (mostly seniors)?

Looking at bus/train service.

What about flying to Kerry Airport and getting the bus to Listowel?  Its only about 25 miles from Farranfore to Listowel

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GAA Discussion / Re: Club mass
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:11:39 AM »


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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:44:59 PM »
https://www.dcfc.co.uk/news/2019/01/club-statement-3

I see Leeds were bold boys and were out snooping on the opposition ;D

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"RTÉ's live club championship matches will consist of two matches each weekend, from September through November. Running alongside TG4's existing coverage, RTÉ will select their own two matches separate from the Irish language broadcaster's choices."

That's a serious amount of club football. Great to see!

It will be great alright.... I reckon a few of my old team mates may get a few gigs out of it too...lucky b**tards ;D

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Armagh / Re: Armagh Club football & hurling
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:44:52 PM »
Waiting on confirmation from Croke Park that they approve the changes, hopefully it’ll be given this weekend. As someone whose birthday is on 31st December these changes are long overdue!

You'll still be overage though!

My brother was born on the 1st January!  He was a big hallion as well so it was great for him to be able to push the smaller kids around ;D

Have Armagh changed their age groups for this year?  U14 is now U14.5 etc.  Heard that and was wondering if it is coming in.  Does it mean U16 is U16.5 and Minor is U18.5?

That's correct Rory. Seems to be following the school years now the way it is up to U12

Personally, I think this is the best way to go.  Fellas get to play with their school year all the way up instead of being split every other year from their peer group and it means that Minors have that extra half year to play at that level (instead of old 7th years having to play adult football)

Although, how does this fit in with the current Croke Park thinking that U17 should be Minor.  Armagh are basically going in the opposite direction.  I've never been a fan of the U17 thing.  I look at some lads who would be moving in to adult football after U17 and think they'll be lost as they haven't matured physically to deal with it and will probably quit.  I know counties are meant to have U20 leagues to keep these kind of boys going, but I can't see those leagues working as a lot of clubs will have 18, 19 and 20 year olds playing for their adult teams and the U20 teams would struggle for numbers. 

Think this is a great decision by Armagh.

While i agree with you in this the difficulty I see is that once the teams go out of Armagh then they lose players.  For instance, the Cross minor team that won this years will only lose 1 player from that team for next years Armagh championship.  If they won the county though they would lose a further 3-4 players for the St Pauls competition.  The same will happen with teams that win at u16 and the McGirr tournament.

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Armagh / Re: Armagh Club football & hurling
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:08:27 AM »
Have Armagh changed their age groups for this year?  U14 is now U14.5 etc.  Heard that and was wondering if it is coming in.  Does it mean U16 is U16.5 and Minor is U18.5?

That's correct Rory. Seems to be following the school years now the way it is up to U12

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:03:44 AM »
Klopp has already stated that he will not be getting a defender.  The way the games are set there is no desperate need for one.  Matip, Gomez and Lovern will all be available again within 3 weeks, Fabinho can step in there.  There are 5 games in the next 30 days so the squad is not going to be massively stretched hopefully with plenty of recovery time between games.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:34:23 AM »
Not the end of the world that they are out of the FA cup, it may be a good thing in the long run, but the performance itself was disappointing. It is hard to draw many positives from it.
The senior players that you thought would be trying to play their way into contention were all very poor.
The young lads , apart from Hoever who i thought was very good, struggled as well.
In fairness to them its not easy to come intoa  cobbled togtehr team and make an impact.
Fabino did rightly at CB and at least proved he could be a decent stop game there.
I would let sturridge go in this window if there was a buyer for him, i just dont think he offers you anything anymore.Moreno was a disaster as well and needs to move on, but the lack of defensive cover means he will likely stay to the end of the season

I'd hold onto Sturridge until the summer, he is the type of player that can steal a game when brought on with 15 minutes to go when Mane/Mo/Rob have ran out of ideas.

To be fair to all the players last night, it is hard to be thrown together in such a mishmash and expect a cohesive functional unit.

Don't think so anymore.  He has scored 7 goals in 37 games in the last 2 seasons.  The odd piece of magic does not hide the fact that he is not up to it anymore.  He won't go this window as his wages are simply too high.  He will be here till the summer and then we will see.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:23:05 AM »
Given the team that played 2-1 was a decent result.  Hoever looks very promising,  has all the moves of VVD and if he can train with him regular and model himself on him there is a real diamond waiting there.  Was disappointed in some of the more senior players but the reality is that the likes of Shaq and Sturridge are the type of players that need better players to benefit them.  Sturridge simply doesn't have the legs any more,  Shaq needs movement in front of him and was sometimes playing too deep.  Milner was very poor but he is not a central MF unless he has a Henderson beside him.  Keita still seems to be finding it very hard to adjust though I think he will make the breakthrough, Mignolet showed why he should never have the ball played to his feet as several of his passes out put players under pressure unnecessarily.  Moreno was Moreno and he's simply playing out his contract.  Origi put a shift in after he scored the goal but he will be gone soon enough too.  There will likely be 4 of that starting team gone by the summer and possibly even Milner if he wants to finish his career at Leeds if they come up,  there were 3 players who were born in the 2000's who will be bit part players for the next few seasons at best, so really the only ones who started who will be defintiely 1st teamers are Lovern, Shaq and Fabinho.

Brighton is all that counts and restarting the push for the League.

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« on: January 05, 2019, 10:39:23 AM »
Club pedigree definitely has a bearing on being able to bring through a significant group of players. We brought through 13 onto the senior panel over a period of 2 years who all won minor county over a 3 year period. 9 of that 13 regularly played in championship winning teams. That was the first group of us that came through but the consequence of that is that subsequently we were able to bring though 7-8 of any strong minor team after that and then 2-3 of the decent teams

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General discussion / Re: Big Lottery Winners in Armagh
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:43:10 PM »
Do you win all of it? I mean does the tax man take some?

No tax on the winnings but there are the usual tax implications for gifts etc

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