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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:11:20 PM »
I don't think this is a good deal. I'm worried about barriers East West. Declarations, tarrifs, trusted trader schemes paperwork etc. I appreciate that it does avoid a hard border which is key but a NI only backstop would be a better solution. This deal I feel isolates NI from GB and the EU. It could be the worst of both worlds.

Not often I agree with you, but I'm broadly of the same attitude.

Its a terrible deal for NI.

A crash out no deal might even be better - as it would get folks backs up over being clearly and obviously hung out by the English and have many unionists (with a small u) seriously looking at a border poll. Whereas with this, its a bit more nefarious and nebulous enough for the DUP to sell the economic basket case as not of their or Westminster's doing - all Dublin's fault etc etc.

Why??

I was thinking the same!

How is it a terrible deal for NI?

No hard border
Close ties with main trading partner
Will benefit from any trading deals UK strikes
Strong chance companies will invest in NI due to links with EU and UK

Have I missed something?

I am in agreement with yourself,  I was thinking why some thought it was a bad deal for NI.

Bad deal because everything you list we already currently enjoy, but now weíre faced with bureaucracy getting goods into the North from GB which will drive up some costs of living.  So itís a net loss.  We would have a bit of an advantage over Eng Scot & Wales businesses trying to export into EU, but 4 yearly spiteful debate about which way to align will kill off investor interest.  But under the circumstances Iím tempted to think itís better than a No Deal and the Irish Sea border is another step in the right direction.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:02:42 AM »
The Chairmanís apology statement to the disabled supporter is going down like a lead balloon.  The question on my mind is he says Belfast City Council wouldnít allow car access after 2pm.  Whatís that all about?  And no matter who sets the rules, are we seriously telling disabled patrons they must be in the ground TWO HOURS before throw-in, while the rest of us finish our dinner.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:21:02 PM »
Always a perplexing time of the year. Two good teams going at it in a well attended county final and lots of wider interest.  Why oh why are we at the bottom of the heap in County football?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: October 02, 2019, 10:47:40 AM »
Iíve seen quite a lot of underage football over the last few years and Iíve really noticed a few clubs who had really talented U12 squads a few years ago fall away badly.  Kids skills not developing at all, while a few other clubs have climbed the ladder from nowhere.  The variation in coaching quality between our clubs seems to be very wide.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 27, 2019, 01:51:25 PM »
This is a very dangerous precedent.  Imagine for example in a years time youíre down the country somewhere with your club playing a minor championship game, and somebody from the county board just unilaterally moves the goalposts on the night - thereíll be uproar - but whatís to stop them now?Last night might have been seen as exceptional circumstances, but there will be other exceptional circumstances, and where do you draw the line?  The feel good factor from this decision will soon wear off and then we are left with a problem.

Someone dropping dead in the stands and having a game abandoned isn't in the rulebook.

Yet you'd not see many complain.

Exceptional circumstances are exceptional for a reason - and in those circumstances folks in charge have to try and make the best decisions they can in the moment. You cannot legislate for everything in the rulebook.

The difference is that provisions for someone dropping dead isn't in the rule book. Using frees, rightly or wrongly, is. What shouldn't happen is just because it doesn't look like a good spectacle, that those rules can be changed in the middle of a game. As others have said, a precedent has been set

I suppose the bottom line for me, and Iím sorry to say it, is I donít trust that individual officials from Boards wonít take advantage of this in the future.  Canít predict how or when but I repeat it is a dangerous precedent.  Taken in isolation, it is great to see so much interest in Antrim football, hopefully Lenny can bottle some of it, and delighted to see the charities benefiting.  No doubt at all that the Chairman is acting in good faith.  Hopefully weíll never see freekicks again - mustíve been torturous for all involved.  Bannside canít even imagine what it mustíve been like as a parent.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:08:06 PM »
This is a very dangerous precedent.  Imagine for example in a years time youíre down the country somewhere with your club playing a minor championship game, and somebody from the county board just unilaterally moves the goalposts on the night - thereíll be uproar - but whatís to stop them now?Last night might have been seen as exceptional circumstances, but there will be other exceptional circumstances, and where do you draw the line?  The feel good factor from this decision will soon wear off and then we are left with a problem.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 26, 2019, 10:54:19 PM »
Sean Kelly super PRO.  Players held their nerve well.  Ciaran McCavana meant well Iíve no doubt, but seriously why is it always Antrim.  I mean, making the rules up as we go along, thatís ridiculous.
Some seriously bad sportsmanship as well from the sidelines, hackling the kickers - there are some d**kheads about.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:59:32 PM »
Love or loathe the Black Card, David Moran couldnít pull down Murchan when he was chasing him because he knew he would be off, and we ended up with a great goal.
Could he have fouled him without pulling him down?
Of course the goal was totally illegal but the defending........
It would have been almost impossible to foul him at that speed and from behind without it looking like he pulled him down.  And yes the over carrying was shocking, but seems to be something refs canít get a grip on.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 15, 2019, 12:40:36 PM »
Love or loathe the Black Card, David Moran couldnít pull down Murchan when he was chasing him because he knew he would be off, and we ended up with a great goal. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:03:47 PM »
Well done Dublin.  But Kerry ballsed it up today as well.  Long ball tactics in the first ten minutes, but Tommy Walsh on the bench.  Conceded the kickouts to Dublin.  Missed a lot of chances.  Theyíll be kicking themselves.  But they could win a good few All Irelandís in the next ten years themselves.  A few lads let themselves down badly in the Hill at the end - a good few punches thrown, pretty nasty stuff.  And Jayo would sicken your hole running onto the pitch every thirty seconds.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 14, 2019, 09:10:22 AM »
Gotta love these articles about how Dublin got outta jail etc etc.

The first game Dublin were threatening to run away with it a few times but Kerry got a bit o luck and held in there.

Even being ahead that late I never felt that Kerry would win it
And I think that Diblin left it behind them by not working some of those plays to a better position late on. Kerry were spent at that point, and they had 15men.
Which bits of luck did Kerry get?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:40:15 AM »
Good weather forecast and it wonít be as breezy as the last day.  Would either team gain more from good conditions?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:16:55 PM »
LD big, mobile and they have a nasty streak.  They look as good as the year they won it.  But Creggan never really got going.  In 2nd half LD messed about time wasting and trying to make the game disjointed.  I think they would have won by more if they had just played attacking football.  Creggan were supposed to be the coming team, but they looked a long way off tonight.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 04, 2019, 07:37:01 PM »
Just one observation on the forwards.  The way Geaney, OíSe and Clifford delay the slip pass until the very last moment is brilliant, pure natural ability and vision.  In contrast Dublinís forwards are more about power, pace and patience, working it cross and back before going for the kill when they work a space.  I was seriously impressed by Kerryís forwards.  They make the replay 50:50.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 01, 2019, 10:50:08 PM »
Wonderful game.  Kerry will be going back to the replay fully capable of finishing Dublin off.  Cluxton, McCaffrey and Rock had great games, after that Dublin were off form.  Have you ever seen MDM so quiet?  Moran and OíShea excellent for Kerry.  Kerryís forwards I thought showed a lot of class and were creating something out of almost every attack, but they were starved at times.  I really think the replay is 50:50.

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