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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Cork 13 July 2019
« on: July 13, 2019, 08:45:03 PM »
That game really highlighted how Dublin’s fitness means they’ll pull away from teams in the end.  Professionals against amateurs.  Roscommon might live with them for 55 minutes next week, but in the end we all know what’s going to happen.  Cork running at Tyrone could be very interesting.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: July 11, 2019, 10:49:20 PM »
Does anyone know how our County delegates are likely to vote on the 2nd tier proposals?  Has it been well considered?  I hope against.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: July 07, 2019, 10:32:00 PM »
Sunday Game competition should be open to Northern viewers.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:48:04 AM »
If you took Dublin out of the equation (hypothetically), this years All Ireland would be wide open and there’d be far less talk of tiers.  Ironic that Dublin’s dominance will penalise weaker counties who will disappear into a 2nd tier competition which will attract very little interest.  No tiers thank you.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:04:44 PM »
Neville is an awful spoofer.  Called Lucy Bronze the best player in the world before the game.  Talk about no craft.  All about himself spoofing to the media.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 15, 2019, 12:16:11 PM »
It’s an individual decision decision for any lad to commit to County if he’s asked, it’s not a club issue.  Individually they all have their own lives to lead and if they opt in or out is entirely their own business in an amateur sport where the demands are essentially professional.  We’d all love to see all our best players on the one panel, which probably rarely happens in any county, but if we get a few more wins under our belt then the whole county set up will become more attractive - it’s chicken and egg. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2019
« on: June 13, 2019, 11:48:44 PM »
A couple of years after the introduction of tiering and Lenny Harbinson won't be getting asked his opinion too often I would say, as Antrim's serene progress into the latter stages of the Mickey Mouse Cup is equally serenely ignored by all and sundry.

Anyone talking about tiering in the context of improving the game in weaker counties is, quite frankly, talking through their hole.

The longer term rationale behind this is to move to an 8 team semi professional set up, the introduction of the super 8's and tiering are just waystations on the road to this. Getting the GPA in-house and onboard was another one of these.

John Horan and the Croke Park suits won't say this publicly of course, and I would give Horan the benefit of the doubt on this as he thinks he is being a leader when in fact he is a follower, but high ranking GPA members and media sources who are less inhibited have been openly advocating this for quite a number of years.

Antrim's current progress is currently being ignored by all and sundry. Who's not going to turn up now? Antrim attendances are pathetic. An Ulsterbus would ferry their support about for God's sake. And we haven't even brought in tiering.

If you think this is about an 8 team semi professional setup then I'm afraid it is you who is "talking through their hole"

Can you please define who the "Croke Park suits" are? Names? Where the come from? How they got the jobs? Job terms?

"high ranking GPA members and media sources who are less inhibited have been openly advocating this for quite a number of years." Has it crossed your mind that the reason they have been advocating for this is because it might actually help the game?


Whose game is it going to help?

We have tiering in hurling? We're you in the Athletic Grounds last Saturday to see Tyrone being beaten by Armagh in the Rackard Cup.  I'd be shocked if there was 200 at it. 

Whose game is it going to help? It will give the media a product that they want which appears to be Croke Park's over riding objective and it seems to be media support that is one of their key performance indicators.  It will also help those with an "elitism" agenda - which I suspect includes yourself. 

What has Croke Park done to promote the GAA in Ireland's second city.  One of the biggest counties in Ireland is being increasingly lost to the GAA.  Some of the blame lies in Antrim, but if HQ gave even half the attention to Belfast as it does to Dublin in the last 10 years, Antrim would be in a much stronger position now.

We have tiering in hurling? We're you in the Athletic Grounds last Saturday to see Tyrone being beaten by Armagh in the Rackard Cup.  I'd be shocked if there was 200 at it. 

And what is a typical Tyrone crowd at a Hurling game before tiering?
I was at the USFC quarter final in the Athletic Grounds between Tyorne and Antrim and there was 5000 at it, with about 500 Antrim fans. Top level intercounty GAA game and that's the level of interest.

Antrim would want to sort themselves out for f**ks sake. Blame the GAA and these Croke park suits all you want but the reality here is that Antrim GAA can barely tog a senior team out in same jerseys. Time people got real and stopped looking for excuses. Antrim and many other Div 3 & 4 teams are basket cases. Look at the mess Offaly is in. No point looking to the GAA when they can't even organise the basics. They don't deserve to be in the same competition until they learn to treat it with a little respect.
Trailer you need to stop winding yourself up about Antrim.  Not good for you.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:31:14 AM »
Would expect them to be a big strong athletic team, but their shooting has always let them down, so a punchers chance.  Is there any possibility of getting them into an Antrim ground?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: June 10, 2019, 11:28:17 AM »
#Whiterockornowhere  ;)

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:07:28 AM »
Look at Antrim beating Louth. The reaction was similar to winning the AI for Antrim. Another reason for a tiered championship as if it were needed.
Wrong. The buzz is because we won a game in the main event and are in the pot for the next round, excited about who we might get.  I can guarantee you that if we beat Louth in the first round of a 2nd tier competition there would be absolutely zero interest in it. 

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 09, 2019, 10:13:29 AM »
But it only takes a win to relight the fire Bannside.  I think people are just disillusioned with being stuck in Division 4 and having no home.  So all the greater achievement for these lads who rolled up their sleeves all winter.  And they will see the support grow quickly, that’s just the way it goes, we’re not Mayo (yet).  They won plenty of admirers in the Tyrone game and backed it up yesterday.  Lenny too.  Can’t wait for Monday morning.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Would you be in favour of a second tier?
« on: June 08, 2019, 10:32:20 PM »
Buzzing tonight.  Antrim beat Louth.  Can’t wait for the draw on Monday morning.  Feck the 2nd tier. This is what we live for, not a poxy 2nd tier which no one talks about.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 08, 2019, 08:40:14 PM »
Louth for the 2nd tier.  Shouldn’t be playing at our level.

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Oh be Jaysus, they’re calling for the return of the mass defence already on the Tyrone thread.  Panic has set in.

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The lowest act on a football pitch.  Terrible from a player who kids look up to.

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