Author Topic: The future of laois hurling  (Read 163788 times)

Mad Mentor

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #1095 on: July 07, 2020, 08:50:23 AM »
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.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #1096 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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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #1097 on: August 04, 2020, 04:12:43 PM »
Slieve Blooms future has been taken away with those transfers, over a jersey? How it was let happen is a disgrace. Realistically no player in Laois should be granted a transfer to another club inside the county, particularly a lad from a junior/small club to a senior club, bar its something like a lad moving from clonaslee to graiguecullen other than that its a small enough county, lads from every club regardless of grade should be given an oppurtunity to hurl or kick senior.

Regarding mass amalgamations at underage i feel every club should make an effort to try go solo for as long as possible even if it means playing B, Rosenallis are a prime example of this and you can see the benefits of it now for them. And even if some smaller clubs feel the need to go together they should try go with a club of simular size, surely better for kilcavan and the rock playing football together than sending young lads into mountmellick as it for mountmellick too, same with Ballinakill going with Ballypickas in hurling rather than taking lads into Abbeyleix or The Harps who have numbers on their own

All you have to do is look over the ditches where galmoy/windgap is the only underage amalgamation in Kilkenny, Ballyhale play at C level sometimes if they have to, meanwhile in Offaly you have Birr going in with two other clubs at some grades to make up teams.

I hear what you're saying @Ballyroan Abbey re. clubs of similar sizes going together, as opposed to "super clubs". However, especially at Juvenile level, for most parents, they are not going to travel unreasonable distances to play GAA, with a similar sized club, if there's a soccer pitch, or rugby pitch closer. If there's a neighboring GAA club, no matter how big the numbers, then that's the more practical option.

On the option of clubs like Clonaslee and Slieve Bloom going on their own at U13, which @clonadmad mentions, I don't believe that's an option either, like you said. Slieve Bloom have been cleaned out at juvenile by Castletown, who are the same parish, so it's difficult to see how they will recover. I believe Trumera are on their own at a few juvenile grades this year too and finding numbers though. For clubs like those mentioned, I think amalgamation is the realistic route to survival. For that to work, you really need to be looking at your neighboring clubs. Whatever about the options for Clonaslee, given their location, Slieve Bloom should be a strong candidate not just from their own perspective, but also from the perspective of other clubs in the vicinity - which includes Castletown, despite the recent difficulties between both clubs. If they end up going in with the likes of Ballyfin, Mountrath or whoever else on a full amalgamation, the parish rule that cleaned them out, might have the opposite effect with that "super club" and bolster numbers in that new arrangement.

The "super club" isn't a fad. Whether it be for the benefits it brings in terms playing numbers, resources ($$$), number of pitches etc. etc., IMO it makes a lot more sense to have players representing your area in a healthy "super club" and using your club grounds as part of that setup, when the alternative is watching your club slowly decline, while you wait for what?