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« on: February 03, 2016, 12:30:18 PM »
I have no real opinion on Mick Lillis. It appears he got the job because nobody else wanted it, we have no money to get bigger and/or our county board have no ambition. He has a big task ahead of him and he has my best wishes. We could fill a panel of lads who don't want to play, so he's on the back foot before he starts. If we had everyone available to us, we would probably stay in Division 2, but we don't, so the job becomes harder. I always thought staying in Division 2 would act as some sort of motivation to lads to stick around, but our attrition rate in recent years says otherwise. I expect the worst and hope for the best. Nobody else seems to have the amount of drop outs that we do, and it's hard for young lads coming into such a weakened panel

Laois / Re: Laois Under 21 football team 2016
« on: February 01, 2016, 01:14:30 PM »
Yes I have Shapes. Galway were watery and Kildare were under strength - as were we to be fair. It's early and they looked to be well coached rather than being a good team. There's a massive difference between the two. It remains to be seen just how competitive they will be. I don't think they'll make too much of an impression. The most encouraging aspect is the numbers committing. Mick Lillis wishes he could get that many for the Seniors I'd imagine

Laois / Re: Laois Under 21 football team 2016
« on: February 01, 2016, 11:52:29 AM »
A few players aside, it's a poor enough team. I wouldn't be expecting too much. Lads getting carried away again

« on: February 01, 2016, 11:49:17 AM »
Have you seen the up and coming laois teams? Plenty of talent. The squad is strong this year, make no mistake : plenty of potential here (by Laois standards). With the right manager, the team could do well. The manager IS EXTREMELY important. Just look at what Donegal did with McGuinness. I HOPE Mick Lillis is the man. He needs to prove himself.

Laois people have a terrible habit of getting excited about Laois lads based on what they do in Laois. It's a different ball game when we go outside of Laois. We're in a bad way Tony. Fair play if you have yourself convinced otherwise

« on: February 01, 2016, 10:26:01 AM »
It's not really about Mick Lillis. He got the job because nobody else wanted it. He has all the enthusiasm in the world, but is surrounded by a lot of players who are half decent club footballers at best. We have 4 or 5 lads who are capable of playing at this and higher levels, but in general, our standards are slipping as a county. Anyone saying anyone to the contrary obviously has a vested interest or is just blind. It will of course get a bit better if the few lads return, but let's face it, it couldn't get any worse than yesterday. We are a Division 3 side in all but name anyway. I have no doubt that Kildare and Westmeath would beat us at the moment.

« on: January 31, 2016, 06:58:17 PM »
Terrible performance. Better in second half but it was all over by then. The revolving door of poorer players replacing slightly better players is catching up on us. You'd have to feel for the lads who are there every year and watching as worse players get a place each season. I can't see how that team could avoid relegation. There were at least three starting today who wouldn't get a spot on Division 4 teams

« on: January 13, 2016, 03:02:22 PM »
Numbers does not mean strength. There's a lack of quality and we will struggle to stay up.

Laois / Re: Divisional teams in the Laois SFC
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:10:11 PM »
Could kileen not just sign another few players and stay senior by themselves  , but if they did join with barrow house does that mean the St joes/barrowhouse underage team is finished.I will prob be shot down for saying this but I think there is way too many amalgamations underage instead of clubs making more of an effort to properly coach their young players and bring in proper underage structures .

That's nonsense talk. Numbers are way too low for that to be a runner. Competition from other sports these days is huge as well. Young lads don't want to tog out for teams taking regular beatings, so they go elsewhere. In an ideal world, we would all like to see strong clubs with a good supply of players coming through, but we have to prepare for the reality; not a dream.

Laois / Re: Divisional teams in the Laois SFC
« on: January 10, 2016, 09:59:38 AM »
I'm hearing that St Josephs members have rejected a proposal to play Senior football with Barrowhouse. They've had a fruitful relationship at underage and Barrowhouse could certainly make a decent contribution in my opinion. An opportunity lost if it's true. Josephs have a nice crop of talent coming through, but they haven't got enough of it. I think that decision will come back to haunt them.

Laois / Re: Divisional teams in the Laois SFC
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:57:30 AM »
Too many stubborn old men poking their noses in for anything revolutionary to happen in Laois. Football is at its lowest ebb ever in Laois, and fellas are walking around happy out. We are scraping the barrel looking for anyone to come in to the county set up and in all honesty, we're wasting our time. It's going to be a bad year for Laois. Relegation is a certainty and we may or may not beat Wicklow, but it doesn't matter anyway because we'll get trimmed by Dublin and bow out meekly in the qualifiers. League club football is a total disaster and for as long as they want it, Portlaoise will win the Championship. We think we have it all sussed in Laois, but in reality we are rudderless and fading rapidly.

So here's to a happy and successful New Year. Have a good one everybody

Laois / Re: Leinster Club Football and Hurling
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:55:07 AM »
A good effort but once again Portlaoise come up short. They have no midfield to speak of and they know it only too well. Scores came easier for Ballyboden who had a platform in midfield while Portlaoise had to build from the back. Rodgers had a shocker and they spent too long trying to bring him in to the game. Bruno had the beating of the full back and should have been isolated on him much more. Portlaoise need to bring in one or two if they want to win a Leinster. What's coming through isn't good enough and they certainly have no midfielders.

Laois / Re: Senior Football Championship 2015
« on: October 19, 2015, 10:19:40 AM »
It shows how far Portlaoise have slipped in the last couple of years. An ordinary game of football lit up by by Mick Lawlor who had the beating of Delaney and was left alone to do what he wanted. Portlaoise will make a few tweaks and that should be that, but their standards have lowered in line with the rest of the county. The Intermediate game was as bad a game as you are ever likely to see. Best player on show yesterday by a long long way was Darren Strong.

Laois / Re: Who would want to be Laois manager?
« on: October 02, 2015, 09:52:38 AM »
I heard Parkinson say on the radio during the week
that he will never support laois again, because of
Lillis becoming the new manager.
Some history between them.

Never support Laois again? Do we have a choice now? That sort of mentality has us the way we are. I won't play if such and such is manager. I won't play if I'm not picked. I won't play because we play a particular style. Blah blah. The county is bigger than all of these people and in truth, we are short on talent at the moment. We probably have two players capable of playing on any team in Ireland (Kingston and Healy) and a few "nice" players after that. We haven't a pot to piss in either so marquee appointments weren't going to happen. It's an uninspiring appointment (again) but we're fishing in a shallow pond. I don't think we've bottomed out yet, and I don't think any manager in the country could prevent that. We just have to suck it up and get on with it.

Laois / Re: Senior Football Championship 2015
« on: August 24, 2015, 01:18:59 PM »
In fairness, that's probably no real secret redsetanta. Even on one leg though, Donal Kingston is miles ahead of everyone in the county and that's the problem for teams playing Killeen. It would take at least two to mark him and that frees up a bit of room for the other lads. It was an important win for Killeen and I'm sure their confidence is growing. Portlaoise beat a very ordinary Killeshin team and don't look very convincing. It's a mediocre championship that they could and probably should win, but they are on the decline as a team and don't have much strength in depth. These games are not bringing forth any new players and it worries me greatly to see some of the hammerings being dished out by ordinary teams. A tough job ahead for whoever gets the county job.

Laois / Re: Laois Minor Football Championship 2015
« on: July 31, 2015, 09:28:15 AM »
Ballylynan/Glenmore were well short, particularly of their best players. In truth though, it wouldn't have mattered. Lads running around the pitch as if they had done it for the first time in their life. Literally thrown together and expected to do something. The two Arles clubs make a minimal contribution to this amalgamation and it just makes you wonder what the future holds

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