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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 10, 2020, 10:05:04 AM »
If Laois County Board don't sack him, it's not going to play out very well. 

I'd say it could play out very badly if they do sack him. The players love him and have made good progress under him. He has shown himself to be ambitious and wants to succeed.

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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 10, 2020, 09:19:52 AM »
In my opinion Brennan was off anyway. Like Sugrue, he's fed up training the second, third and fourth best that Laois have to offer. Nobody's fault really and the interview is a side show.


I don't think he was off. He indicated in a couple of post match interviews that he wanted to stay. He is very passionate about this job and sees the potential for real improvement. Unfortunately, as i said earlier, our county board does not match his ambition. Hurling is a nuisance to most lads in the top positions in Laois

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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 09, 2020, 09:19:32 PM »
I don't see anything at all explosive in what he said and honestly if county board members are going to be offended by this interview, then maybe they should consider their positions. We remember that Cheddar walked away for similar reasons so there is clearly an issue there and it's not one that's invented by Eddie Brennan.

Surely to God, it shouldn't be beyond the Laois GAA community to create a decent supporters club, with a proper fundraising capability in the UK, US and Australia? This is not so difficult any more. There are also eminent Laois people in large multi-national organisations and have shown a willingness to help and advise. I don't know how much would be needed but I can't imagine that it should be beyond the wit of the GAA community in Laois to generate sufficient funds to improve the environment for the players and the management team. Does the County Board have to sanction a supporters club or can it be done independently?

They will be offended. They treat it like their communion money.

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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:18:51 PM »
It sounds like he is too ambitious for our county.

Hes not too ambitious for our county but he is too ambitious for our county board. Very good honest interview which will hopefully lead to action but I wont hold my breath for our county football board to do anything for hurling.

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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 08, 2020, 11:49:14 AM »
Youd be hopeful Eddie Brennan would stay on for another year. Whether he will remains to be seen. Much improved performance today even when Clare with 15 men. Some inexperience with some turnovers but as outlined in last post putting ball through the hands we certainly more dangerous up front. Took goals well and hopefully will kick in again in 2021 and have best players committing to the cause.
Excellent effort. In fairness to brennan his teams always show great heart and determination. A lot to build on with the short turn around of inter county seasons. Although Brennans rhetoric after the game wouldnt fill you with confidence that he'll stay on.

His interview indicated to me that he wants to stay on but wont put up with the restrictions constantly imposed by our county/football board. We have shown that we can compete as a Liam McCarthy/Division 1 team and they should invest accordingly to help them push on again. However, my breath will not be held. Too many running the show dont want the hurlers to succeed at all and quite a few want them to fail.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 19, 2020, 05:06:15 PM »
I said it before and ill say it again. When will the county board realise that parents with young lads on the team and over county teams/development squads is a complete disaster.  We need to be looking at fresh former players or people with the profile of derek mcgrath who have no club bias or agendas behind them. I know it didnt affect the game today but the last 4 years have ultimately been brutal with the talent available. The talent is there in laois but needs proper development. Not sold to the highest bidder as was the case this year.
This years manager left out 2 of the best prosects that i know off over personal squabbles or vendettas. Would that happen in any other serious hurling county.
Young stephen murphy from The harps was the best full back by a country mile in this years club championship and marked offaly danger man Luke carey off the field i believe in a leinster final for johnstown against birr earlier this year. But because he left the panel at u14 of his own accord the laois manager refused to put him on the panel this year.


Can I just clarify. You say they shouldn't have been picked as mentors because they are parents. Then you give out about them leaving off lads because of "personal squabbles or vendettas". Which is it? What was the problem with the fact that they are parents?

To me, the whole blame lies with Derek McGrath. He is a complete and proven bluffer and the side show surrounding him borders on a circus. His drills are pathetic with nothing less than a million cones dotted all over the pitch. When these lads were younger they played brilliant off the cuff fast delivery hurling and all this has now been undone with over tactical tippy tappy scientific shite.

Two things stood out from a positional sense. Moving Padraig Brennan out of centre back and playing a two man full forward line with two small lads is just stupid.

If the lads over the team had just gotten on with it themselves without McGrath they would have done much better.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 08, 2020, 05:49:22 PM »
Clonadmad and Burdizzo should delete their posts too as the link is embedded in their replies

Is it not publicly accessible on YouTube?

I doubt it. I'd say it's a private channel for the players. Lot's of teams use this method to show games and clips to players

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 08, 2020, 04:55:02 PM »
Clonadmad and Burdizzo should delete their posts too as the link is embedded in their replies

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:35:30 PM »
Jayz I think I'd take down that video. Not so sure its a good idea to be putting that up online for all other counties to view.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: October 05, 2020, 11:32:22 AM »
Surely the CB will bring it forward now? Extremely unfair on the clubs involved. Obviously a decision needs to be made asap, I really hope they see sense.

Any reason why the draw was not made yesterday?


Don't ever put those words together.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: October 05, 2020, 11:29:24 AM »
Great game. It was very tense and everybody gave it everything. Great win for our lads who have improved steadily from u14 to minor. Didn't really figure in the shake up at u14 three years ago. Delighted for the lads over the team who have put in savage work. The style of play was really good to watch. The Harps drove a lot of wides and this seemed to drain their confidence. Also a couple of injuries impacted them. The dribbler did a good job reffing it too.

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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: August 05, 2020, 05:09:35 PM »
What would be the best games to stream?

Courtwood v O'Dempseys and Rosenallis v Ballyfin I'd say

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: July 27, 2020, 02:24:15 PM »
There is a lot of weekend and evening work involved with the job. Apart from schools, no club wants a GDA during the day Monday to Friday. I'd imagine having a social life would be quite difficult. I have to say all the GDA's we have had have always been more than willing to help clubs when asked and have brought value to every session. Peter will be missed.

I'd agree with you there. I always find them very helpful when they come to our club.

Is there any word on a replacement for Peter Halley.

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Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:40:54 AM »
it's strange. Being a GDA seems like a good job to have. You'd wonder why we can't hang on to them.

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Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: June 08, 2020, 01:10:02 PM »
Former Leinster GAA coach Lester Ryan was tragically killed at the weekend. He served as a selector/administrator with our Senior Hurling team for a year.

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