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Mad Mentor

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #675 on: March 10, 2018, 07:22:45 PM »
St Fergals have made it to the All Ireland final. In a rollercoaster of a game they overcame Seamount of Kinvara by three points 3-13 to 3-10. Seamount went on a scoring spree in the first half to run up a nine point lead but in the last ten minutes Fergals blitzed them with 1-4 to leave two points in it at the break. It took Fergals twenty minutes of the second half to close the gap and then another scoring spree put them nine points up. Two Seamount goals in quick succession in the last five minutes brought them right back into it but Fergals held out for the win. Several brilliant saves from Cathal Dunne in goal plus his booming puckouts landing on the 20metre line made him my man of the match, but Mark Hennessey, Thep Fitzpatrick and Ben Delaney were also very much to the fore. It was a great all-round team display and a deserved victory. Fergals do seem to like giving their supporters value for their money by letting teams get decent leads against them but so far they have been able to turn them around with ease. Hopefully they see off Scariff in a fortnights time to claim the title.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #676 on: March 10, 2018, 07:29:42 PM »
Report from Laois Today:
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/03/10/brilliant-st-fergals-book-ireland-final-place/

I've got to say they are great for following Laois teams.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #677 on: May 08, 2018, 11:49:56 AM »
How are Laois minors set up this year? Game against Wexford next Saturday before the football.

Have they a decent group of players who could do well?
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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #678 on: May 08, 2018, 07:39:57 PM »
It'll be a tough year for the minors.

Better set-up than previous years but this wouldn't have been our strongest team at underage levels; teams in next couple of years should be more competitive.

Don Draper

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #679 on: May 09, 2018, 09:54:36 AM »
It'll be a tough year for the minors.

Better set-up than previous years but this wouldn't have been our strongest team at underage levels; teams in next couple of years should be more competitive.
How many years have we been saying that?

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #680 on: May 09, 2018, 09:56:35 AM »
It'll be a tough year for the minors.

Better set-up than previous years but this wouldn't have been our strongest team at underage levels; teams in next couple of years should be more competitive.
How many years have we been saying that?

Two?

We had high hopes for minor teams before that and we have high hopes for a couple down the line.

Obviously, I'm not suggesting we're going to steam-roll through Leinster or anything but in terms of having teams who have been consistently competitive at U14/15/16 A grades.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #681 on: May 09, 2018, 01:12:48 PM »
The observation ties directly to performances in the various U14-U16 competitions.

We had a few good years and those were good teams. Then a couple of not so good teams that represent this year and last year's minors. In fairness, not a whole pile was expected of last years team and they did well enough until the KK hammering.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #682 on: May 09, 2018, 01:37:33 PM »
Exactly. And better teams on paper don't reach their potential. It's all about the attitude brought by the players.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #683 on: May 09, 2018, 02:24:51 PM »
Looking at portlaoise recent performances and no minors starting, things not going well there. No camross either but good to see a few from smaller clubs

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #684 on: May 09, 2018, 03:15:24 PM »
Minor team for game against Wexford.

LAOIS TEAM: Locran Fitzpatrick (The Harps), Ben Shore (Castletown), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska), Killian Kirwan (Mountrath); Keilan Kelly (Borris-Kilcotton), Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis), Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill); Fionan Mahoney (Abbeyleix), Fionn Holland (Clonad); Ciarán Byrne (Abbeyleix), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown); Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla), Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill), Adam Kirwan (Trumera)


Surprising lack of players from the bigger amalgamated clubs like Rathdowney/Errill, C/B and B/K ( 3 in total). None from Portaloise or Camross as on the hop stated.
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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #685 on: May 09, 2018, 03:22:34 PM »
Minor team for game against Wexford.

LAOIS TEAM: Locran Fitzpatrick (The Harps), Ben Shore (Castletown), Danny Brennan (Park-Ratheniska), Killian Kirwan (Mountrath); Keilan Kelly (Borris-Kilcotton), Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis), Thep Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill); Fionan Mahoney (Abbeyleix), Fionn Holland (Clonad); Ciarán Byrne (Abbeyleix), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin), Tadhg Cuddy (Castletown); Mark Hennessy (Clough-Ballacolla), Cathal O’Shaughnessy (Ballinakill), Adam Kirwan (Trumera)


Surprising lack of players from the bigger amalgamated clubs like Rathdowney/Errill, C/B and B/K ( 3 in total). None from Portaloise or Camross as on the hop stated.

The forwards look quite good but to be honest I'd be worried about the backs

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #686 on: May 09, 2018, 04:27:02 PM »
No Portlaoise man on minor or senior hurling teams can’t be good for hurling in Laois

Don Draper

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #687 on: May 09, 2018, 04:32:49 PM »
No Portlaoise man on minor or senior hurling teams can’t be good for hurling in Laois
Definitely not good for Portlaoise anyway, a hurling wasteland has been allowed take over our largest resource.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #688 on: May 09, 2018, 04:38:16 PM »
The decline of Portlaoise hurling is pretty startling and really worrying for county prospects in the future. For many years they have been weak at all levels with rare exceptions. Moving the club to Rathleague and not having a presence in the heart of the town is damaging. Portlaoise were always such an important and competitive hurling club through the years. Not sure how much work is going into revitalizing it.

As for Camross, there is a bit of a trend in terms of representation on county teams....

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #689 on: May 09, 2018, 04:48:41 PM »
Hard to fathom really with the likes of Cheddar and Zoom from the town as well as plenty of other hurling men who gave their all in the blue and white, Rigney, Tommy Fitz, John Taylor. Are the street leagues stillbeing played?
Are the likes of Clonad benefitting from this problem in Portlaoise.
The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. VinceLombardi