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Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:41:14 PM »
Proposed League schedule:

26 Jan v Roscommon (A);
1 Feb v Armagh (H);
9 Feb v Cavan (H);
23 Feb v Clare (A);
29 Feb v Kildare (H);
15 Mar v Westmeath (A);
22 Mar v Fermanagh (A).

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:24:29 PM »
Courtwood Ballylinan second half was fantastic.
No, it wasn't... :(
A bit of naivety on our part maybe. We really should have tried to tie up Gary Walsh a bit better than we did. But then again, we missed plenty at the other end too.
Not a bad draw for Ballylinan in the quarter final too. They'll know Killeshin well and it looks like another 50-50 game.

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Laois / Re: Laois Junior C Football Championship 2019
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:35:10 PM »
HU, I know there was a ruling/clarification made on this in the past few years. It generally happens more in league than championship. Anyone have a copy of the byelaws?
I "think" that the relegation supercedes the promotion, and Graigue will be all set to win the Junior C next year.
Think you're right. They could conceivably win the junior B and junior C next year if they are the teams that they affiliate.

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Laois / Re: Laois Junior C Football Championship 2019
« on: August 22, 2019, 12:00:25 PM »
Broke no rules but it's the spirit of this that's annoying everyone.
As someone asked me last night, what happens next year? Their "second" team pulled out of Junior A and should be relegated to Junior B. But this "third" team should also be going up to Junior B!

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Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: August 22, 2019, 11:52:06 AM »
Who is Cotter? Where has he come from or what club is he from, Excuse my ignorance but what is his CV like or how did he manage to get involved with Sugrue this year?
Sean Cotter of Portlaoise club. Has been with Maynooth University Sigerson teams. Good coach apparently.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Gaa club Championship ticket prices
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:38:57 PM »
About €10 for a senior championship double header in Laois. Maybe €8 for a single game. Intermediate or junior would be a little cheaper.
My own club charges €5 for home senior league games but we're flexible with a car with 2 or 3 in it. Free into our second team games.

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Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:54:33 PM »
John O Connell played for courtwood’s team in a recent div 1B league match a few weeks back v Mountmellick. He’s definitely 50 at least. Played the 91 Leinster senior football final  so that’s 28 years ago
He didn't. That was his younger brother Eamonn who's only 46! 😀

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Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: July 30, 2019, 06:55:55 PM »
I really wasn't expecting that. Big blow. Next appointment is vital. Let's hope we do as well as we did when appointing John.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior B Hurling Championship 2019
« on: July 18, 2019, 11:19:59 AM »
Thanks for the post Merman. A great read. Surely this is The Harps year?

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Laois / Re: 2019 U20 Football Development League
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:32:53 AM »
This was the under 17 panel in 2017 which will be the age group for next year's under 20 panel.

Andrew Swayne (Portlaoise)
Cathal Duggan (Portlaoise)
Eoin O’Connor (Portlaoise)
Gary Saunders (Portlaoise)
Michael Dowling (Portlaoise)
Cian Doyle (Courtwood)
Matthew Byron (Courtwood)
Niall Dunne (Courtwood)
Seán O’Flynn (Courtwood)
Seth Mooney Burns (Courtwood)*
Alex Mohan (Portarlington)
Ronan Coffey (Portarlington)
Colin Slevin (Portarlington) (Captain)
Seán Michael Corcoran (Portarlington)*
Jack Owens (Emo)
Ned Ryan (Emo)*
Niall Gorman (Emo)
Oisin Keogh (Emo)*
Ciarán Byrne (Ballyroan-Abbey)*
Enda McWey (Ballyroan-Abbey)*
John Rogers (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Bernard Wheatley (St Joseph’s)
Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s)
Josh Lacey (St Joseph’s)*
Damien McCaul (Annanough)
Killian Horgan (Annanough)
Mark O’Connell (Timahoe)*
Mark Barry (O’Dempsey’s)
PJ Daly (The Heath)
Paddy Walsh (Killeshin)
Seán O’Neill (The Rock)*
Tom Wright (Ballylinan)*
Brian Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska)*
Callum Hennessy (Graiguecullen)

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Laois / Re: 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:28:12 AM »
Is Paudie Maher ok lads? He took an awful clatter I’d say, the poor owl divil.


I'd imagine he'll be out for the final !
Unlikely he'll ever hurl again  I'd say. Career ending injury if I ever saw one.

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Laois / Re: 2019 ACFL Division 1B
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:05:51 AM »
Ah, no complaints from us in Courtwood. The rule is you play all league games without county players unless they are made available at the discretion of the county team manager(s).

Would've been nice to have more notice of the game because a couple of other lads missed the final too but at the end of the day  we'd swap every league result this year for a one point win over Arles in the championship!🙂
Yer flying it all told hesh, small thing
You didn't see us Saturday night. Wouldn't be described as "flying it"! Yerra ;)

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Laois / Re: 2019 ACFL Division 1B
« on: July 14, 2019, 02:59:26 PM »
Ah, no complaints from us in Courtwood. The rule is you play all league games without county players unless they are made available at the discretion of the county team manager(s).

Would've been nice to have more notice of the game because a couple of other lads missed the final too but at the end of the day  we'd swap every league result this year for a one point win over Arles in the championship!🙂

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GAA Discussion / Re: Is there a future for small rural clubs?
« on: July 12, 2019, 02:17:34 PM »
From a thread that I’ve started on uibhfhaili.com.

Just saw that Edenderry’s junior team received a walkover from Clonmore Harps, having got one from Ballyfore the week before, with neither side being able to field teams.
It’s a sad sight. I wouldn’t know too much about either, but I get the impression that mere existence is becoming challenging.
Unfortunately, things aren’t looking to positive into the future for small rural clubs. In a few years time, we realistically could be down 4 or 5 clubs in quick succession.
This is happening all over the country. Meanwhile, the GAA seem content with the Super 8s and don’t give a tuppenny about the grassroots.

Just my few thoughts. Feel free to throw in your own thoughts. I’m just vexed with the GAA, standing idly by as clubs are falling into the abyss of non existence, day by day


Apologies for initiating this amidst the super 8s, but I’m bloody well pissed off.
Very sorry to hear that about Ballyfore and Clonmore. Would know of their struggles in recent years.
I haven't heard of any Laois club in that position this year but it's fair to say that the likes of Kyle and Barrowhouse who are stuck in corners bordering other counties are always under pressure.
Underage amalgamations are necessary in nearly every football club in Laois. Maybe 6 or 7 stand alones.

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Disappointing from our perspective considering how good some of these players were at U17. But I think they still have time at this grade to develop a bit more but perhaps we’re not coaching them to the same level as our competitors as we’ve struggled at this grade for too long.
We were amazed last night at how poor the Meath team was. Ye usually have a decent team.
The word is a lot of your team is underage again next year but I think Laois might well be the same.

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