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SpeculativeEffort

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #870 on: October 31, 2018, 02:27:59 PM »
With the amount of amalgamtions borne of little effort at juvenile level we will end up like rugby. Only a few clubs and a minority sport. We cannot less this happen. If you have numbers form a juvenile team at u7, u9 etc. Look after them what ever level they play.

Is there any credible evidence of this happening? For example, Rathdowney Errill or Borris Kilcotton? We heard that it would impact on the number of people playing but as far as I can see both clubs have teams at multiple grades and competitive underage teams year after year. I think there is far more danger of lads not committing to hurling if they are playing for Mickey mouse juvenile teams at B level and barely able to field a team.  If a club has enough players for 2 juvenile teams they can field them at multiple grades but the only club that seems to have the numbers for this are Portlaoise. Maybe it is happening but I haven't seen it myself.

B/K and R/E are examples of well run amalgamations.

Other clubs do it out of convenience without the required effort at u7, u9 etc. Places like Mountrath, Mountmellick should always be fielding on their own with the numbers available.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #871 on: November 01, 2018, 11:29:00 AM »
Fair enough.

I wonder though is there a vicious circle in some areas. Mountmellick and Mountrath for example have plenty of numbers but they haven't had much success as hurling areas. Are young lads not hurling because they have nothing to aspire to which curtails success and so on?

Again looking at successful areas, lads know at some point that if they are good enough they can potentially compete for medals, standards are higher in the club etc. The club branding also carries prestige in an area. This is what permanent division teams do in other counties like Cork and Kerry. Personally, I would be supportive of a divisional team in Laois such as a version of Na Fianna at underage which would give strong lads on ok intermediate and junior teams a good chance at senior competitive hurling without losing connection with their own clubs. However they should be permanent teams, not temporary marriages of convenience which dissolve after the first bad championship. Laois needs 8 competitive senior teams in our championship.

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #872 on: November 01, 2018, 08:32:02 PM »
Just a quick question, with S.Bloom now competing in the Senior "A" rank does this mean the Gaels with Castletown is automatically null and void or does it have to go to a CB vote? Im aware 2 "senior" teams cant be a Gaels but can they appeal it??

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Re: The future of laois hurling
« Reply #873 on: November 07, 2018, 12:16:30 PM »
I see Laois Today reporting that Mountrath CS won a 'Rest of Leinster' final against Birr. Do the KK schools also take part in this competition? I assume they do but a final with no KK team involved?
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