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Laois / Re: Closing the gap in Leinster, between Dublin and the rest
« on: August 04, 2016, 10:33:59 AM »
Everyone having a good old rant here. It's an East Leinster projest. Are we classed as East Leinster? Maybe there's a Midlands initiative coming down the line. Offaly, Carlow. Longford etc will be feeling the same way about this.

On another note how is the funding going for hurling that the GAA promised a couple of years back?

Then announce it at the same time - if there is such a project. Most counties are feeling unwanted these days, so why stir the pot and announce something which gets people's backs up -because they don't f**king care is why. Some jinnet obviously thought this was a good idea to go running to the press with. Great PR

Laois / Re: Closing the gap in Leinster, between Dublin and the rest
« on: August 04, 2016, 08:16:13 AM »
The East Leinster Project. It even has a name. Good man Liam O'Neill. As a Laois man, you should be very proud to head up such a sham of a project. We're 50 miles from Dublin. In most countries, that would be considered part of the metropolitan. To be honest, I'm almost sick at being treated like the shit on the GAA's shoe.

Sounds like some form of discrimination to me. The GAA has a duty to promote games in all counties equally. Not just in the chosen few. Serve it up to them and show them up for what they are.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2016
« on: August 02, 2016, 12:00:35 AM »
There was plenty there for Port against Killeen today but they are physically weak and more than a little naive. Kingston was the difference although the tacking was non existent. Both defences all over the place and lots of last gasp defending going on.

It never ceases to amaze me how well Kilcruise do with the tiny resources they have. It helps of course that there are good players in there too, but everyone has a job and they do it to the best of their ability. Killeshin just not at the races.

Portlaoise still well ahead with good options from the bench if necessary. Everyone else relying on 3 or 4 players max to keep the show on the road. Result of the weekend has to be Crettyard. The bit of strength in depth aided by the new players really paid dividends. Good progressive thinking by all involved

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 11:46:15 PM »
Very strange TBH... there is obviously something going on we don't know for Mick to leave a job he coveted for years after 1 year. The main theory is that cunningham has the job and Mick went gracefully rather than waiting to be sacked.

It's something I thought about when Cunningham came in. He was clearly undermined from that point on and there was no way back. Mick didn't go looking for Cunningham as far as I know, so how or why he stayed around for as long as he did is a mystery. He loves Laois, but like Sean Dempsey, it wasn't enough. The team looked way off the pace under him, and I'm of the opinion that if Cunningham had been around earlier, we wouldn't have been relegated and might still be in the championship. It would be strange to say the least if Cunningham didn't get it, but sure this is Laois. You can expect anything

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 24, 2016, 08:35:22 PM »
I respect any lad's decision not to commit, retire or go to the USA. I don't believe anyone SHOULD be in there but nor do believe it is fair to judge a panel that is well short of some very good players. Even lacking a yard of pace, McMahon would be better coming from the bench than some of the lads that did in Ennis, and in all likelihood we wouldn't have lost ball as easily as we did if we had more experienced lads. This is why we lost matches this year. Derry, Meath and Clare were all games that could have been won with the lads I mentioned coming in or starting, in my opinion. I think we are carrying lads at the moment who are well short at this level, and out of respect to their commitment, I won't name them.

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 24, 2016, 05:34:54 PM »
Still going on about McMahon and O'Leary I see. Sure Tyrone would do better with Peter Canavan and Kerry will easily beat Dublin if only Maurice Fitzgerald was still prepared to put in the effort, he's just being lazy. Retirement is nonsense I say.

As for Scully, he has to be "the best player to never play for his county team". His status is only rising, the more he doesn't play.

Pity about Healy alright but it's simply not feasible for him to commit to both codes from London.

Sometimes you make a right ass of yourself. You jabber on about nothing in particular and expect poor players to do things they cannot do. You have probably never seen Scully play, because if you had, you'd know he's a good player. Would all of those players I mentioned not enhance the panel? Don't even answer. I know they would you grade A  clown. Retired or otherwise, committed or not, those lads are still better than what's in there. You are therefore setting yourself up with an inferior set of players. Did you not realise that when you walked out of Ennis with your thumb up your hole wondering what went on?

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:04:00 PM »
Anything is possible if you want it bad enough I guess. Unfortunately, we start every year much weaker than you'd like to be. Lads gloss over the fact that you are missing Healy, McMahon Scully, O'Leary, Boyle and many many others but these are guaranteed starters or at worst strong panelists. It can't be done and the net result was the collapse in Clare where weak players messed it up for us. That's the reality for us, particularly with our backs where we have zero strength in depth.

As for the whole quarter finalists thing, maybe I was disrespectful. Of course I'd like to see us going to Croke Park for a quarter final, but I'd much rather start the year with ambitions of winning a league or being competitive in Leinster.

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 24, 2016, 10:23:14 AM »
Can you not see it from their point of view Junior? Even if we get to a quarter final, what does it mean? We can't win an All Ireland, so you're essentially competing in a race you can't win. Where's the incentive? Do you really think that anyone is motivated in this day and age to be the eighth best in their class at anything? Come on now. Be realistic. There has to be more in it for these lads, these counties, if they are to be enticed into taking it seriously. I agree with you in principle that we need everyone on board, particularly the better lads, but I have gone way beyond the point of questioning their motives if they don't commit. This trend will continue, particularly in weaker counties, to the point where a county won't be able to field a team for an important game. Maybe then the GAA will stop daydreaming

Laois / Re: All-Ireland Football Qualifiers 2016
« on: July 19, 2016, 09:52:56 AM »
That's a bit unfair junior. He got an opportunity and took it. He's a young lad so why not? It's not like he's paid to play for Laois. It just highlights how pointless playing for a county like Laois has become, and that's a problem for the GAA to fix. If they want lads to commit, and it seems that they do because they boast about the commitment of amateur players, then they have to find ways of keeping them sweet.

We had enough on the pitch to beat Clare and the substitutions killed us. Lads who could hold on to the ball were replaced by lads who couldn't get their hand on it and invited pressure onto our backs. We had improved a fair bit in the championship and we would have beaten Sligo. It would have been interesting to see us against Roscommon but such is life. We deserved to be relegated because we had a shocking league, but there was definitely another game or two in us in the championship.

Most of the Dublin lads are ambassadors rather than employees in the strictest sense of the word Good luck to them but they wouldn't exactly be killed during work hours. Their achievements and reputations allow them to come and go as they please, and it's a different world to the lads in other counties who have to clock in and out and justify a day's pay. Dublin as a county is on a different page to most of the country where the recession is still in full swing.

They are a good team but outside of Connolly and McCarthy I wouldn't have any of the rest of them down as greats. All good skilful footballers but lucky to be playing in a time when Gaelic football is particularly weak.

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:06:17 PM »
Agreed. Look at the situation from Crettyard to Graiguecullen. How many senior clubs in such a small area?  Combined they could do something. Divided they are all moderate enough. They don't all have to join up, but the two Arles clubs in particular have really cut their noses off to spite their face. Egos denying lads the chance to win a medal. Pathetic.

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 14, 2016, 11:27:17 PM »
Kerry have done it for a while now. Seems to be working ok. If you're an average player with designs on bigger things, you can always step up.

We have to change how we do things in Laois. It's not working as it is. Too much bad football being played, too many games one sided or conceded and not enough quality players coming through. That's not a good formula for county success and the two are intertwined because we get our players from clubs.

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 14, 2016, 12:37:06 PM »
I'm calling it like it is. League football in this county is terrible and we play it for months. We then shoehorn our championship into 2 months max. What's that all about? It's not working as a system and with respect Timmy I don't care if you are right or I am. The debate needs to happen and we have to do something different to maximise whatever potential we have. What we're doing now is failing us and even supposed Laois people are happy to slag off what are still the best players in the county. It's more fashionable at the moment to sit at home and be an armchair critic rather than going and supporting these lads. A few lads on Twitter in particular seem to have it all sussed and don't seem to realise that some of their own club men are involved with Laois

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 14, 2016, 12:07:46 PM »
Take it your a "good footballer".  Clubs are about far more than the team, while playing is important and for me the most important.  There are many other factors why clubs are not interested in amalgamation go have a look around and see how many of a community's focal points are ran from a GAA club.  People rightfully are worried about the impact an amalgamation has on their community apart from team performance.  To be honest the divisional thing would work better if we were interested in it.

You more than anyone have been bleating pissing and moaning about how bad Laois are and how badly they are doing. Nobody wants to see clubs fold but the better footballers have to be put together on the same field somehow, so that they have something to play for, and be part of something worthwhile. County footballers in Laois go back to their clubs and prop up lads who are half fit and don't take it seriously for the best part of the year. How do you honestly expect to improve standards going on like that? I mean I'm all for a good moan every now and then, but let's fix it rather than sit and hope for the best.

Laois / Re: Laois County Football Leagues all chat in here
« on: July 13, 2016, 05:01:48 PM »
It's not enough. Clubs are giving places to really poor players and that has to stop. These players need to be filtered down the grades so that good players can play a good standard of football. There's a bigger picture here. These dinosaurs go to County Board meetings and give out stink about Lillis, O'Flaharta McNulty or whoever, and in the background they are pedalling this farce of a set up. Good players deserve better than this. League football is a shambles and allows lads to do nothing for months on end and give their all for a month or two. We don't even throw in an early round of the Championship. We are literally aiding and abetting mediocrity. Somebody needs to get a grip here

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