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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:54:38 PM »
Is there any truth in this post on the derry website guest book?

"heard a rumour that gavin 'horse' devlin has transferred to newbridge from ardboe -- if so this is quite a coup"
Unfortunately i dont think there is any truth in it, asked my brother who is on the committee and it is news to him

The Horse hasnt transferred to the Bridge, he is training them though

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: February 22, 2008, 05:08:49 PM »
Did anybody see the re-advertised full time county secretary job in thursdays Irish News? Whats the story there? I thought Noeleen Curran got the job 

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: February 16, 2008, 01:48:35 PM »
ok looked at the posts now and there are some good ideas it a pity that the county board would not take a bit of notice to what the players and clubs want regarding this. Maybe we should get a couple of u fella on the county board lol.

I was thinking about going for a position on the county board but i then realised that im not old enough or corrupt enough yet, but theres still hope im pretty confident i can become more corrupt as i get older!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: February 13, 2008, 02:12:52 PM »
Was thinking that screen, but to have no decent players still underage would seem unusual, maybe the county board have decided not to play Antrim lads, speaking of which, young McNeill is definitely underage.

Kilrea must have had a fair chunk of their team in there final year of minor football last season, they are dropping down to the B division this year from what i hear!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: January 30, 2008, 07:52:00 PM »


As I said, last year Division 3 was a disaster in reserve terms, having played in the senior league reserves before many of the problems dont exist at those leagues as most teams are from South Derry, have competitive teams and field them every week. and most senior teams dont know/care about the lower teams and as they seem to hold sway the lower teams dont normally have a voice when it comes to decision/fixture making.

I think the problem arises for those higher intermediate clubs that I mentioned who have a decent squad of players want games, but soon get fed up when games keep getting called off and they have been training with the seniors since January... I do think what the county board has done is a step in the right direction, but in practical terms I just dont know how it will work out. I know a Friday night will free up boys to go drinkin for the weekend, but I just wonder will the numbers this attracts outweigh the number of boys who will be working late or away from home who would normally make it for the Sunday game but come home on Friday nights... I'm also agree about the 5 senior players playing on a Friday and Sunday, especially to the detriment of the no 14, 15 on the reserve team, especially in these middle teams where they would have a senior/reserve squad of 30/35, and a badly managed team could result in a mess up and loss of fringe players....

For a change I will leave my reservations until after the season is over and see how it went, I'm dubious how boys working in Belfast will be able to get home to Newbridge, Ballymaguigan, Greenlough etc and get up to Steelstown for a 7pm match... which very few will support or care a great deal about.


Good to see the county board trying to tackle the problem but as usual they have done it from the top down, and it seems there was little consultation with the clubs.  There was a couple of proposals for the county convention aimed at improving the reserve leagues, which were that senior and reserve games should be played on the same day, with the reserve game first (think that was it anyway) the proposal was passed and yet the county board decided to do the exact opposite!

Making the reserves a seperate league and playing them on a friday night might be a good enough idea, but for this to work i personally think it would have been better to introduce regional reserve leagues.  I know the south and north derry boards are out of business now and we are all embracing this All County jazz, but a South Derry Reserve League of two divisions and a North Derry Reserve Leage of two divisions would have made more sense IMO. The winners of each of the respective leagues could then play an All County final! 

As for the 13 a side rule, for as long as I can remember Reserves was always 13 a side (in the league anyway) with 15 a side being allowed if both teams agreed.  Not sure that enforcing 13 a side on Div 3 reserves will encourage clubs/players to participate more, To me it seems like it will be  the teams and players who do field every week who will loose out from this rule as its another two players who wont get a game!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: January 29, 2008, 05:37:42 PM »
It's OK! I think we're all agreed that the CDP is far and away the best regional paper for GAA around... will you be forcing out the Observer anytime soon ;)

They seem to print most things in the Mid, unless someone wakes up and decides they are advertising something secretly in the reports or news. I think the CDP are more selective on their editing and wouldnt give just as much credance to Ballerin U-12s... though Dungiven U-10 C team might be different.....  :-X

The Mid do a bit of editing of the 'around the clubs' section from what i hear! References to poor refereeing and the like of it dont get printed, Think Seamus Mullan runs his eye over them before they go through! The Mid Ulster Mail however will print just about anything, they probably love to see the GAA men have a go at each other! so any sly digs you wana take at refs or the county board, the Mail is the way forward :D

Or we can just keep doing it here to keep the slagging going!

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Derry / Re: Derry Club football and Hurling
« on: January 26, 2008, 12:49:14 PM »
boys less of all this tripe abot who shud and who shudnt be playing,,all i know is u boys are a bunch of couch potatoes whoe view a liittle child called "Rav"...as there god...primarilty for the reason he cant eathis dinner...i beg to you and the GAA follwerers throughout....forget about these chilldren...freash and greener pastures lye ahead...without these we are nothing...up the urban


In the infamous words of Gary Coleman,

What you talking about Willis?

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