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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 03, 2021, 01:07:12 PM »
Going back a few years I was assured the Antrim board of the day negotiated a "decent" deal on behalf of Antrim Gaels. More recent clarification would be welcome if there has been any change in this agreement in the intervening years.

BS not sure this happened. In fact was there not moves to get all say in transferred to UC which was caught on just before it was signed off.

It will become a commercial decision when it gets to be open.
The Ulster Council tried to coerce the Antrim County Board to sign over Casement to them as they were managing the project.

Antrim refused to do this as that would have them without a stadium.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:49:21 PM »
Antrim have been nyamming about the 'structures' for years. Time for them to do a Kildare and start doing things themselves.

That Kildare U20 victory over Wexford didn't happen overnight. That's a result of 10 years of underage development.

Antrim have a chance to get things underway with Gaelfast, which unfortunately appears to be imploding with the project looking for its third manager since it began.
 
I'd say that Darren Gleason may have been referring to the U20 result during the week.

Good question as why Paul Donnelly left the Gaelfast set up. I was at one of the series of Gaelfast roadshows and was impressed with what was being rolled out. Did he jump from a sinking ship ???

I have to question the logic of a Gaelfast coach taking a series of football sessions at a primary school which is a feeder for a hurling only club. Apparently that is what the coach was instructed to do which would indicate an issue with communication.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: July 10, 2021, 08:00:12 PM »
Had a bad feeling about today's match especially after the performance v The Dubs.

Cheddar had Laois switched into championship mode which is something Antrim have not been capable of doing over the years, with the exception of Dinny Cahill's teams.

Bad week for Antrim hurling with the U20 result and the minor team's situation.

Possibly got carried away with the league performances.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 27, 2021, 12:07:51 PM »
Laois are in tatters, morale smashed between league and championship. They are a wounded animal, and will see 70 mins against Antrim as a way of rectifying things. With home advantage they won't fear us any more than we fear them. A dog fight awaits, let's hope Darren does have a plan.
The match v Laois is the most important match of the year.

It was obvious from yesterday's match that Antrim weren't up to championship pace.

Possibly the short turnaround from league into the championship didn't allow Antrim sufficient time to prepare.

Only a few of the team have played at Liam McCarthy level before but I think yesterday's match is a reality check as to what will be required for next year's campaign IF they can overcome Laois.

That's why that match is the most important one of the year.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 23, 2021, 01:05:14 PM »
I cant understand why Gaelfast sent a coach into a primary school which is a feeder school for a hurling only club, to coach football. Very poor communication.

I hope that Gaelfast is not going to implode but I think this needs to be managed properly to have each club catered for their needs and not seen as jobs for the boys.

If managed correctly Gaelfast can be a success but needs everyone singing off the same hymnsheet and communications established between all parties.

Its obvious Covid has thrown a spanner in the works but as we return to some sort of normality hopefully it can get on the road that it was intended to do.

I honestly thought gaelfast would have several bright, vibrant and exciting initiatives to reignite games in the county but it seems to be completely falling apart. Its very sad.

Have you looked at the Gaelfast facebook page . There is plenty of good work going on at primary school level. The coaches also deliver coaching support & qualifications . They are heavily involved in dev squads.

Re  football in a hurling area - Do the pupils not have the option of  playing football in school  for 6 weeks.What harm is there in that ?.

Most of the pupils have probably never heard of hurling or gaelic football and Id say neither have many of the parents.

There is no facility for football outside the school as it's difficult enough trying to get an underage hurling structure underway, especially when its a small hurling club so having a Gaelfast coach demonstrating football is a waste of time and money.

Im well aware of the qualifications of the Gaelfast coaches. Woody is still travelling around primary schools in N Antrim and he is a brilliant coach. Unfortunately his remit does not extend to the catchment schools of our club.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 21, 2021, 10:46:06 AM »
I cant understand why Gaelfast sent a coach into a primary school which is a feeder school for a hurling only club, to coach football. Very poor communication.

I hope that Gaelfast is not going to implode but I think this needs to be managed properly to have each club catered for their needs and not seen as jobs for the boys.

If managed correctly Gaelfast can be a success but needs everyone singing off the same hymnsheet and communications established between all parties.

Its obvious Covid has thrown a spanner in the works but as we return to some sort of normality hopefully it can get on the road that it was intended to do.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: June 21, 2021, 09:52:00 AM »
The thing about St Enda's is they are now reaping the rewards of their move into the North Antrim and South West Divisional boards which improved their underage hurling and football to no ends.

I think they weren't too happy with the amount of cancelled underage games in both codes in the South Antrim board when they played there.

Part of the deal with North Antrim was they had to play all their games away for the first year. I dont think they missed a match.

Is Gaelfast advertising for another manager. I think Neal Peden took over from PD when he stepped down. Seems like its turning into a bit of a Horlicks.

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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling championship 2021
« on: May 13, 2021, 12:10:20 PM »
I noticed some very high points tallies from last night’s Antrim League results, along with high scores from the National Leagues.

The Mayo keeper put one over the Derry bar from his own 14 metre line.

This very high scoring has been a feature of the game this past few years.

Have the sliotars become lighter or has the interior material changed to make the ball travel further?

I know there was a change to the weight/structure of the ball 15/20 years ago and there were calls to revert to the older ball. DJ Carey and the likes weren’t too happy with the new ball at that time.

Not sure if this a good thing. I think the days of the 1-7 to 0-10 results are long gone.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: April 13, 2021, 11:08:40 AM »
Wasn't that the year that Shamrock Rovers won the Antrim SHC?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 23, 2021, 12:17:03 AM »
Insurance was one reason, the stand was condemned also I think. Antrim/Ulster had thought the builders were heading in after planning was sought, I assume they decided it be easy to not pay a year’s insurance on a stadium that would be developed
Belfast City Council would not issue a safety certificate unless the electrics in the stand were rewired. As a result the Antrim County Board decided not to invest £10,000 to replace the electrics as the promise of a completely new stadium was on the way. The Safety Certificate expired resulting in no events being permitted to take place at Casement and it has fallen into a state of despair as a result.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: December 14, 2020, 09:10:23 PM »
On another note good to see Conor Cunning making a comeback to the antrim squad at 42 ;D It's a pity we couldn't get Conal in as he looks handy! (Kieran Close transferred allegiance from football to hurling for a bit too)
And don't forget Conor McManus who received the trophy.

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: November 21, 2020, 07:16:24 PM »
Is there ever any chance of a north Antrim team being started up again? it would be good for hurlers at junior/intermediate level to compete at senior?
That was tried several years ago and the logistics proved to be difficult. However, I think that a South Antrim divisional team in the SHC would be a good idea. The travelling wouldn't be an issue and there are many good hurlers in Belfast who aren't all playing for senior clubs.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:49:17 PM »
Derry SHC was 2 groups of 4 where placings determined who played who. Slaughtneil and Lynches finished top of their group and went into the SHC final. 2nd played 3rd from the opposite group to determine who played Intermediate/Junior. Winners played in the IHC Final and losers played in the JHC Final

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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: September 23, 2020, 08:16:07 PM »
It was proposed that the Volunteer Cup be taken out of service due to the state and the age of the cup - dates from the 30's and the fact it may have been battered about a bit over the years (I think it is made from Irish silver which isn't available any more). It was proposed that the trophy be presented to the winning captain then withdrawn (like the Scottish Cup, the original is presented to the winning team and a replica presented for the lap of honour etc). Dunloy were the holders at the time and they supported the proposal with no objection from the clubs.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 20, 2020, 02:57:54 PM »
Whats the story with Mitchells ? Will they survive this season at all?

I was looking at their results and they've been on the end of some serious hammerings in the Antrim JFC.

Their hurling team closed down a good few years ago and a few of their hurlers were trying to get a game anywhere they could - think a few played for McDermotts after the Teresa's split, there was a Belfast Shamrocks amalgamation which didnt last too long.

Used to play on that pitch up near Poleglass on Pembrooke Loop Road if memory serves me correctly.

It seems they have slipped through the net with regards to catchment area, underage, primary school links etc and appear to be running on fumes. T

hey were a senior hurling club in the sixties.

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