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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: December 12, 2019, 09:46:48 PM »
Higher turn out at my polling station, purely going on previous two elections

62% turnout at 5pm at stranmillis. That's ridiculous. My parents were queuing at 11am. It's going to be an interesting night ahead of us

I vote in a staunch unionist area of South belfast, it was less than 31% at 5pm. Pengelly is gone.

Give them time to get out of bed

GAA Discussion / Re: Juvenile Coaching
« on: November 23, 2019, 05:52:13 PM »

Maybe not the right place for this but my cub plays underage for a team and someone has put in Whatsapp group about a collection for the underage mentors for taking teams throughout the year , and a paypal account to pay into. Now maybe it’s just me but I have never heard the like of it and I know if I was a mentor I wouldn’t take a penny

Has anyone else come across anything like this ?

It is likely not to give to the coach’s as such, more like to pay for a meal and a night out for them which they likely deserve at the end of the season

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: November 20, 2019, 05:27:58 PM »
Need cover for Hampsey. Out for 6-8 months I hear
Niall Sludden at 6, was outstanding for Dromore at 6 in the last few games of the league and the semi and final, play him in his best position

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 20, 2019, 05:26:04 PM »
Dromore were put out of U21”s one year as we refused to play on the Wednesday in between winning Tyrone senior one Sunday and playing first round of Ulster on the next Sunday. Galbally has a fortnight in between but either way no reason Dromore and Dungannon couldn’t have been played this weekend

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 19, 2019, 07:53:39 PM »
Has the Fixtures committee outlined any possible dates for the U21 semi finals? It is obviously Galbally's ulster run which is holding it up (and rightly so) but surely they can give the other 3 teams a rough indication as to when the games could be played as the intermediate ulster final is fixed for the 30th Nov to my knowledge.  The first fixture took place on the 26th Jan this year and there is nothing to say it could be Jan 2020 before the competition is wrapped up.... something not right there

There is absolutely no reason the Dromore v Dungannon semi final at least couldn’t have been played this weekend, at least one of the clubs would have got finished up for the season.

GAA Discussion / Re: Underage Grades
« on: November 12, 2019, 12:48:47 AM »
An trim and Donegal staying with u12/14/16.minor.

Hopefully Derry will follow
From what I hear counties don’t have this choice, it is going to be a Croke Park remit, every county has to have U13, U15 & U17, they can have the other grades too but must have these 3 grades

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul McGirr u16 Championship
« on: November 12, 2019, 12:44:16 AM »
Cheers Lurganblue, we don’t like to send anyone home hungry. That is a special Burren team, perhaps the best team we have ever had in the tournament and that includes the great Glen team that cleared up at minor and u21 level in Ulster. Your lads done themselves proud as did your support, some very good footballers in that team, especially young Callum O’Neill, one to look out for

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 09, 2019, 04:41:37 PM »
We haven’t gone away you know!!! Not the title that would have been our first choice but serious bottle shown by our young team to win the league title today, 8th league title since 2003. Added to our U21 Ulster title and Reserve league title it hasn’t been a bad year for a team in transition that is supposed to have no future, still the U21 semi final to come too

GAA Discussion / Re: Paul McGirr u16 Championship
« on: November 05, 2019, 09:08:12 PM »
This Sunday two clubs steeped in the history of Ulster club competition lock horns in the final of the Paul McGirr Ulster U16 Club Champions Tournament, three times Ulster senior champions Clan Na Gael and five times Ulster senior champions Burren.  Pedigree doesn’t come much better than this but it is a new generation of players from both clubs that will be seeking to create their own piece of history on Sunday afternoon in Gardrum Park Dromore in a game that will showcase some of the best underage talent in the province. 

Clan Na Gael will have had the benefit of having come through what appears to be the tougher side of the draw, in the quarter final they had a tough encounter with experienced Fermanagh champions Newtownbutler and in last weekend’s semi final they overcame a half time deficit to produced a stunning second half against a very physical O’Donovan Rossa.  In fact it is their second half performances that have been most impressive for the Lurgan lads, displaying levels of stamina that no other team has matched to date.  It is Clan Na Gael’s half back line that has been the driving force in their Ulster campaign, Callum O’Neill, Brendan O’Hagan and in particular the tigerish Michael McConville have been imperious but they will have to be at the top of their game again this Sunday when faced with a free scoring Burren side.  Ronan O’Hagan has been dropping back into a sweeping position and his driving runs from the back have caught the eye while their midfield partnership of Odhran Reid and Cian McCrory work tirelessly for their side.  Odhran McGivern and Matthew Lennon have been their scorers in chief, the talented Lennon will be looking to add to his 4-09 tally so far in the tournament, his goals being key in his sides victories.   

Clan Na Gael manager Laurence McGuinness is confident of his sides chances ‘Sundays game can't come quick enough for the lads. They are absolutely buzzing and full of confidence after Saturdays game. We know we are going to be in for a very tough game against a strong and experienced Burren side, but our lads will be up for the challenge. We know we have to start strongly and keep the intensity up as we showed in the second half against Rossa. We have really embraced the Paul McGirr competition and to go out and play in the final of it is a great honour for our club. If we can iron out a few of the mistakes we made in the semi final and go out and really have a go, we won't be too far away.

Burren came into the tournament as favourites having won the 2017 All Ireland Feile title and their performances in the quarter and semi final have been outstanding, comfortably disposing of a strong Magherafelt O’Donovan Rossa and a hard hitting Ghaoth Dobhair with dazzling displays of attacking football.  While their incredible tallies have been grabbing the headlines, one cannot underestimate the role that their defence has played.  Yet to concede a goal in the competition, their back six are very competent in the tackle and highly disciplined, Patrick McCarthy at full back has been of the stars of the tournament while Ryan Magill and Eoin McKernan have also stood out, centre back Magill is the man likely to be tasked with keeping tabs on Lennon and it’s a task that he will relish. Powerful midfielder Odhran Murdock has been totally dominant and the possible return to fitness of Conlin Bradley would really bolster Burren’s chances.  The Burren forward line are a mix of power, strength, speed and skill every Clan Na Gael defender will be pushed to the limit to curb an attack that amassed an astonishing 10-35 in two games.  The towering Zach Murdock and James Duggan are the ideal target men while Eoin Loughran, Zach and Aaron Murdock all are well aware of where the posts are.  The man the Lurgan side will have to watch most though is centre forward Niall Toner, capable of scoring with either foot from a variety of angles, Toner appears almost impossible to mark and he is the man that could hold the key to bringing the title back to the Mournes.       
Burren manager Neil Coulter is aware that his side will not have it all their own way on Sunday ‘We are delighted and proud to be representing Burren in Sundays Paul McGirr U16 Ulster Final. With perseverance and determination we hope to emulate the success of our 2014 team. We have reached this years final by hard work, dedication and 100% commitment from a panel of 41 players who all played their part. Despite this we know that with Clan Na Gael (a club with Ulster Championship history) we are in for a tough game! Having watched them closely in Saturdays other semi final, they will cause us plenty of problems. With their pace and strong defensive set-up they held Rossa scoreless through the entire second half which was very impressive - we will need to be on our guard! We would like to congratulate the Dromore club on running a fantastic competition for players and supporters alike.’

The hurt of losing out in last year’s semi final may provide the key ingredient for Burren as they seek to regain a title they won in 2014. With thirteen of the team that started last year’s semi final defeat Burren have an experienced side that belies their tender years, they play as a team who are well aware of each others strengths and weaknesses and are extremely accurate in front of the posts. However it can be argued that they have not really been put to the pin of their collar so far in this years tournament and Clan Na Gael will bring a level of tenacity they have not yet faced, it is how Burren react to this that will determine the destination of the Cuchulainn trophy. It promises to be a high scoring encounter, Clan Na Gael will fight to the bitter end but the extra scoring power may just give Burren the edge.  For those that cannot make the game, it will be streamed live via the ‘Spirit Of Paul McGirr’ Facebook page, coverage will start from 1:45. All proceeds from the game go to the Spirit Of Paul McGirr Foundation for their work with under privileged and less able bodied children in Lusaka, Zambia.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: November 02, 2019, 06:51:47 PM »
Anyone got a link to the game, I cant find it on the BBC website

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:41:32 PM »
4 divisions of 12 teams next year?
No they cant change it until the year after if its going to happen

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: October 18, 2019, 11:28:41 PM »
Anyone have experience with MFC Sports?  Club ordered some training gear but didn't get fitted so having to guess sizes.  Went for medium training top and jumper...not fat but not 100% lean either lol.  Anyone got this gear?
Fitting is a lot better than O’Neill’s in my experience, quality first class too. O’Neill’s have no consistency in their sizing at all, MFC much more innovative in their designs too

General discussion / Re: Help with college / university projects
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:39:36 PM »

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: October 03, 2019, 05:08:59 PM »
Aghyaran and Coalisland both dragged up to garvaghey for an u21 semi final on a few days notice. Disgraceful when you think the u21 season started at the end of January. Should have been red up months ago.

Disgraceful. Are the fixtures released for the competition? Grade 1 fixtures may not be released until Errigal seniors are beaten at whichever stage.

Don’t think that’s the reason since Errigal have been knocked out of the u21 competition. Probably more to do with the fact galbally are still playing championship. Dungannon, carrickmore and Killyclogher are the other 3 teams and their senior seasons are more or less over.

It’s Dromore, not Killyclogher who are the other team

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: September 22, 2019, 07:15:19 PM »
Murnaghan plates the full game but was very quiet, Hayes came on with 10 to go

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