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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: Today at 09:18:01 AM »
the reserve leagues a bit light this year i see. At a time when we want to give young lads games after they leave minor theres going to be periods of nothing for them at all. Pity to see that.

Is the North Antrim league running this year? i think South Antrim are running Hurling this year, maybe some SA teams playing in it instead as its a Monday night and means lads that dont get a run in the senior game or only 10-15 mins can then play a full reserve game on the monday night.

North Antrim league runs every year. Usually a competitive enough competition yo.

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General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 18, 2019, 09:07:48 AM »
Spent my youth around Clubland and Cookstown growing up. An unreal tragedy.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:45:39 PM »
Only a panel of 22 named for this weeken?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:27:06 AM »
Both I guess, they not go hand in hand?

Some say they and some say they don't. Look at St Galls, 10/11 in a row without massive facilities.

Sarsfields new set up is impressive and great to see them thriving, I'm sure they'd love to stay in Div2 for another year and build from there.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:07:29 AM »
Who would be seen as the progressive clubs in South Antrim (Belfast) ??

Playing teams or facilities wise or complete package?

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General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:57:52 PM »
The last few months have been a struggle for myself. Lost a very close friend to the Big C and its hit harder than I thought I would and a friend lost his father to suicide last weekend.

Thankfully there has been brighter days and after a few heavy sessions of chatting and talking later the spirits have lifted.

I always like to give this thread a bump and keep it going.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:59:38 PM »
Maybe it suits a few big clubs in the city for other clubs to fold, you know a few decent lads may end up down the lane or up the road..

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:48:11 PM »
Whats the problem here?  It cant be a population thing obviously as this would be more an issue with rural clubs you'd imagine?  Are clubs doing enough to keep their players involved up to minors?

Find it shocking that some division 1 senior teams aren't fielding minor teams?

Every club goes through a bad spell of losing players, but its worrying that so many teams in the city haven't minor teams, is it such a big issue in country clubs?

What is being done to rectify it? Does Gaelfast cover all bases?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:27:27 PM »
here's how many Belfast clubs have no minor football teams of their own:
St Agnes
Eire Og
St Johns
Davitts
St Teresa's
Gorts
O'Ds

and there may be more - sorry state of affairs and no doubt Casement related

Sad state of affairs surely. Do these team amalgamate?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:26:13 AM »
I'm lead to believe the county footballers do go 5 sessions a week -  no wonder the old hands wont commit to that

Sure thats mental.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:18:51 PM »
Did McKeever win an AI IFC title with Fr Rocks?

Yes brilliant so should Seamus Shannon get the Antrim senior hurling job as  heís won intermediate hurling with Rossa and won Antrim championship as a player. More than McKeever

Youíre being a bit disrespectful there to Mr Shannon and also John McKeever. Any All Ireland is hard won as you know. Iím sure John could of tapped into the knowledge of Peter Canavan and also Mickey Harte if advice was needed. Youth is the way forward and a young coach sometimes deserves a chance.

Jody Gormley? No disrespect at all, I ask the question should Shannon get the job (should he ask) because he won an Antrim senior title as a player and coached his club to intermediate glory at Croke?

Why wouldnít he ask? If he had confidence in his own ability to manage the hurlers get his name in the hat surely.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 10, 2019, 01:02:26 PM »
Did McKeever win an AI IFC title with Fr Rocks?

Yes brilliant so should Seamus Shannon get the Antrim senior hurling job as  heís won intermediate hurling with Rossa and won Antrim championship as a player. More than McKeever

Youíre being a bit disrespectful there to Mr Shannon and also John McKeever. Any All Ireland is hard won as you know. Iím sure John could of tapped into the knowledge of Peter Canavan and also Mickey Harte if advice was needed. Youth is the way forward and a young coach sometimes deserves a chance.


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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:41:14 PM »
Yes PJ. Cookstown beat the Kerry champs in the final. John was 32 at the time. Still young enough to have a proper crack at Antrim in the near future. If you talk to the vast majority of the players in the two clubs he has taken since, Ballinderry Shamrocks and Na Fianna Coalisland, most of whom were present at his brothers wake, you will have no doubt of the esteem in which he is held. He certainly wasn't run out of Coalisland, things happen in management especially in a third year, and I know for a fact John and Conleith Gilligan were an exceptionally well considered management team.

Of course Kevin Madden has obvious credentials almost landing a treble last year with Creggan. Both know their way round a football team, I don't think anyone should dispute that, regardless of where they are from.

In any event Lenny has the job and hopefully he can put something memorable or competitive together in the next few months and he deserves our full support whilst he tries to turn things around. As I said before our performances were decent up until the Waterford game, and maybe he got a bit complacent when we came from behind to go five points up. It happens.

At the same time the league table doesn't lie and tbh it's very painful reading atm.

Yeah BS, spoke to a few of the players at Pauls wake, a surreal experience sharing a minibus with a few AI winners. John is held on high esteem and Iím not surprised. A man who carries himself with great dignity and class.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:10:57 PM »
Did McKeever win an AI IFC title with Fr Rocks?

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:33:30 PM »
Yeah, it is very odd that over the years the vast majority of Antrim football managers have been from west Belfast clubs.
It is also very strange that over the years the vast majority of Antrim championship winners have been west Belfast clubs as well.

Funny old world.

*Belfast Select clubs  ::)

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