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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: Today at 06:52:44 PM »
From time to time the reality of how quickly the county footballers have dropped seems hard to believe. People have plenty of opinions but we need to learn from past mistakes if we're not to repeat them in the future. How did this happen - games against Waterford, London and Wicklow? Its not one single thing, obviously, but even with promotion each year it will be 2022 before our footballers are back in Div 1 and, lets be honest, it might take a couple of goes to get out of Div 2 and possibly Div 3, maybe even Division 4! If Limerick beat Leitrim they're back in it and we still have to play them both. So it could be 2025 before we see Derry playing against the top teams again on a regular basis - 25 years into the new millennium! Its hard not to despair sometimes!

In the last decade Derry have received more money from Croke Park than 29 counties in Ireland. Only Dublin and Cork have received more. Where has all of this money went? Idiots at the healm spending money needlessly. The County Board giving salaries to people for organising a few underage blitzes here and there? You don’t need an office at Owenbeg for that. The problem with Derry football goes right to the heart of the County Board. It’s easy to be critical, I realise that. But it’s hard to believe how much investment has been squandered, when counties receiving less have made more progress.
We've been in 4 Ulster minor finals in a row (winning a couple) and are reigning Ulster U20 champions. Surely that's progress?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 20, 2019, 09:03:29 PM »
There would have been nothing in that game but for the sending off. Between Shane McGuigan and Sean O'Shea for MOTM. The two number 11's stood out.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 20, 2019, 04:50:16 PM »
St.Mary's have better players than some on here think. They have a couple of forwards from my own county who would be very good at this level. Burns and Devlin solid in midfield and Rafferty plus the Armagh contingent solid at the back. They are rightly underdogs but to make them out as a side of average players would be wrong. That said, their strength is probably that they are all hardworking and know exactly how they play, hard to break down and strong on the counter.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 19, 2019, 02:46:10 PM »
From time to time the reality of how quickly the county footballers have dropped seems hard to believe. People have plenty of opinions but we need to learn from past mistakes if we're not to repeat them in the future. How did this happen - games against Waterford, London and Wicklow? Its not one single thing, obviously, but even with promotion each year it will be 2022 before our footballers are back in Div 1 and, lets be honest, it might take a couple of goes to get out of Div 2 and possibly Div 3, maybe even Division 4! If Limerick beat Leitrim they're back in it and we still have to play them both. So it could be 2025 before we see Derry playing against the top teams again on a regular basis - 25 years into the new millennium! Its hard not to despair sometimes!
I think you are overestimating where we are talent wise at the moment. We are in Div4 for a reason. I think at best we're a good Div 3 team/poor Div2 team with the current squad. We need patience to bring through young lads from our successful underage squads over the course of the next 4-5 years and hopefully we can push on then.
The current squad seems to be buying in for the most part though and we are in a great position to get promoted this year which had to be the main aim at the start of the year.

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General discussion / Re: Car Problems!!
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:59:14 PM »
Quick question, car is due for MOT in a couple of weeks and the service due light has just came on. I had no plans to service the car before the MOT.  Would the service warning light have any impact at all on the MOT? I'm assuming not.
Same thing happened myself last year or year before and it passed so i'd guess you're safe enough.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:20:55 AM »
I've mentioned that before. Ardmore, Sean Dolans, Doire Colmcille and Ogra Colmcille will take hammerings from the teams coming down and could have the opposite effect than desired. You would worry for the future of one or two of those clubs senior teams.
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I've mentioned it before but I really think the restructuring of the league was a bad idea (although it had good intentions). It wouldn't surprise me if Ardmore followed Ogra in the fairly recent future and that would be a shame. I see Ogra are still going to try to field in Junior Championship. What will their players do for the rest of the season though? Will some look to play elsewhere? It really is very sad.

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Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:20:31 PM »
On the issue of players missing - I know this was probably covered before - but of last years three county champions (Coleraine, Banagher and Limavady) are there two players on the county panel? Maybe others are injured just now.
Liam McGoldrick and Mooney were to be away travelling. Other Coleraine players declined invites. Brian Og McGilligan from Banagher, not sure if any others are involved? Maybe Hagan? Limavady keeper is the only one who should be near the county panel.

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General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 11, 2019, 10:40:06 AM »
Rugby has evolved, and it's mainly the northern hemisphere teams trying to catch up with the southern hemisphere teams. They have closed the gap considerably, but I think that Irish teams have always been too conservative in their play. Wales, Scotland always seem to have a few tricks up their sleeve....quick line outs, tap penalties etc.....Ireland....box kick😩. For me Murray is too ponderous....move the effing ball quick....Ireland have great backs. Maybe all this is part of Joe's cunning plan.....but I would rather lose playing an expansive game than win 9-6 on kicks.

A big good 'un is always better than a small good 'un...

Rugby when played well is a fine sport (so is gaelic football) but when you've a hoard of a backroom team with stats coming out their arses players are more or less playing to a set pattern with the off the cuff stuff few and far between.

I think Ireland are over coached but I do think we don't have the real flair players who can play with their heads up and make decisions and execute in the heat of action. Sexton is a good enough outhalf and is a brave soul but he's not going to engineer something out of nothing and at the same time Schmitt seems to be that type of manager not to allow it anyway. Murray has lost his zip and now you don't go into a blind panic when he is replaced.

Ireland are punching above their weight at the minute but sadly still a bit off claiming a World Cup. Hope I'm wrong though.
 
Anyone else think that England have blocking the kick chasers down to a fine art?

France are a shambles of a team but some fine individual talent there.
Really noticed this against France. As soon as they knew the box kick was coming men were filtering back to get in the way and stop there being any sort of a decent kick chase.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Div 4 2019
« on: February 10, 2019, 02:12:28 PM »
Result:
Derry 2-12
Waterford 1-08

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General discussion / Re: American Sports Thread
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:18:51 AM »
The Pats have 12 picks in this years draft, 6 in the first 3 rounds , you’d have to imagine they’ll win 12 or 13 games next season. Gronkowski will be a big decision. I think they’ll add a few free agents as well. Wouldn’t rule out a move for AB, although I’d be surprised if the Steelers let him go there....


Don't forget they're in a division with 3 crap teams which makes life a lot easier too. They'll definitely be in the playoffs next season as 1st or 2nd seed. I feel Gronk will retire unless they're going to nurse him through the year again like they did this year.
Yep. Miami are usually good to take a game from them but they are tanking this year. They do have a few free agents on defense that they will need to sign or replace. Flowers, Shelton and Brown (I think) off the top of my head. If I were the Pats i'd be doing everything in their power to convince Gronk to stay on. Nurse him through the regular season and them use him in the playoffs when he can be the difference between winning and losing games.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 03:26:49 PM »
Result
St.Mary's 0-15
Maynooth 0-13

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:32:40 AM »
Are any of the quarter finals today being streamed like the last round??
Yeah. UCD v DCU

What website are they streamed on?
ElectricIreland.ie/HEC or on YouTube

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson 2019
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:11:51 AM »
Are any of the quarter finals today being streamed like the last round??
Yeah. UCD v DCU

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:59:35 PM »
Community tensions indeed;

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/shotguns-knives-and-acid-seized-in-derry-churchyard-confrontation-37777966.html


What's the craic here?

Our traveler friends apparently
Yep. No locals involved. Travelers have come to bury their dead here after one of them drown in the river there 70 odd years ago. Usually a nice little village with an adjoining forest and river, I know a few locals who understandably aren't best pleased about this carry on.

A story on how the travelers came to bury their dead there:
https://www.derryjournal.com/news/a-black-and-white-snapshot-of-travellers-life-in-park-1-4720489

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Div 4 2019
« on: February 03, 2019, 02:22:46 PM »
Derry 0-19 London 1-09

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