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2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« on: December 16, 2018, 05:05:09 PM »
It's getting interesting. Bellaghy qualified today to play St Eunan's in the semi-finals, while Crossmaglen will play Ballyholland in the other semi. Here's how Bellaghy won today against Inniskeen.. https://youtu.be/VdOWMQNgpG4

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2018, 10:06:05 PM »
I canít understand how this meaningless excuse for a football tournament is still going on. Clubs have to pay to participate and are treated like crap. Games are played on a quagmire pitch in the depth of winter. Thereís no car parking and even less facilities. Was speaking to a lady from Inniskeen who was at the tournament. I warned her in advance what it was like but of course they delighted to have qualified. Sheís changed her tune now theyíve experienced it.
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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018, 10:30:30 PM »
What really happened to you at the tournament dougal?

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2018, 10:56:50 PM »
Jesus man I couldnít even start to tell you. In fact I can feel my old trouble coming on again even thinking about it again
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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2018, 12:28:48 AM »
I canít understand how this meaningless excuse for a football tournament is still going on. Clubs have to pay to participate and are treated like crap. Games are played on a quagmire pitch in the depth of winter. Thereís no car parking and even less facilities. Was speaking to a lady from Inniskeen who was at the tournament. I warned her in advance what it was like but of course they delighted to have qualified. Sheís changed her tune now theyíve experienced it.
Sounds like a very sore loser. 

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2018, 01:09:08 AM »
Not at all. Fact is itís a meaningless competition which is really badly run at a venue and time which are both totally unsuitable. I remember when our team lost in the final they were put out of the dressing room and  made stand out in a sleet storm to watch the presentation. Some of the lads were just in their football socks. It was shocking. Obviously you guys are on a high cos youíre still in it, and good luck to you. Itís many years since we were there and I still remember it vividly so awful was it.
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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2018, 11:05:37 AM »
Not at all. Fact is itís a meaningless competition which is really badly run at a venue and time which are both totally unsuitable. I remember when our team lost in the final they were put out of the dressing room and  made stand out in a sleet storm to watch the presentation. Some of the lads were just in their football socks. It was shocking. Obviously you guys are on a high cos youíre still in it, and good luck to you. Itís many years since we were there and I still remember it vividly so awful was it.

Better luck next year!

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2018, 12:33:37 PM »
Thanks
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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2018, 12:42:24 PM »
Not at all. Fact is itís a meaningless competition which is really badly run at a venue and time which are both totally unsuitable. I remember when our team lost in the final they were put out of the dressing room and  made stand out in a sleet storm to watch the presentation. Some of the lads were just in their football socks. It was shocking. Obviously you guys are on a high cos youíre still in it, and good luck to you. Itís many years since we were there and I still remember it vividly so awful was it.

The value/importance of a tournament is decided by the competitors and not the organisers.

From what Iíve seen this year, clubs will knock their pans in to win it.

You might need to redefine ďmeaninglessĒ.

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2018, 03:04:34 PM »
No, Iíve no plans to do so. A meaningless tournament with no official standing. Akin to a friendly match. Itís actually a danger to let children participate. When you compare it with the Feile you realise that thereís no comparison.
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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 03:12:48 PM »
No, Iíve no plans to do so. A meaningless tournament with no official standing. Akin to a friendly match. Itís actually a danger to let children participate. When you compare it with the Feile you realise that thereís no comparison.

We won this the year they made it an All Ireland competition to celebrate their Jubilee. Nemo Rangers and Dungiven were two of the other representatives. I disagree with your assessment :)

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2018, 03:21:35 PM »
As regular participants in it I believe that it is an excellent competition and the teams involved in my experience have always had nothing but praise for the organisers. 

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2018, 05:14:28 PM »
I think anyone who hasn't been up to St Paul's for a few years would be impressed by the improvement in facilities. There is a new terraced area for supporters which is really excellent, much better than before, no grassy banks any more, all concreted with shops, barriers, fencing, etc. There is also a new first-class all-weather warm-up area for teams, plus the pitch surface is vastly improved. The club will admit themselves that the pitch was a weak point in years gone by but they have worked very hard on it, plus several games have been played this year at Colaiste Feirste which is one of the best GAA facilities I have seen, both for spectators and players. In every interview, players and managers talk about the honour and excitement of playing in the Tournament, whether they are new to it, like Inniskeen last Sunday, or Bellaghy who are trying to emulate their previous generation who won it in the 1990s. It's quite incredible that the competition has been hosted every single year in all sorts of climate, both weather and political, since the early 1980s. The host club members have always stepped up to the plate, whether to clear snow or do umpires or whatever, year in year out, giving up their Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The tournament has also inspired an U-16 version in Dromore and an U-21 version in Creggan. But at the end of the day it's up to the players and clubs to take part or not, and every year they come from all parts of Ulster. In 2012, Kilcar left home at 6am to play and an unknown Paddy McBrearty banged in a great goal. 9 months later Paddy won the Sam Maguire. Not that it's all about winning. In fact, Kilcar lost that day. I do recall the Final where the presentation was made in awful conditions a few years ago, but that can happen and of course it is worse when you lose, but it is custom for losing teams to watch the presentation, no matter what the weather is. Half an hour later, everyone was sat down enjoying a 3-course meal in the clubhouse. By the way, it is an official competition, sanctioned by Ulster Council.

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2018, 05:18:24 PM »
If you watch the first 10 seconds of this video from Sunday, I don't think you could call the pitch a quagmire..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBToTurjdKc

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Re: 2018 Ulster Club Minor Tournament
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2018, 05:30:23 PM »
That is some clip of Bellaghy breaking out of defence at speed (54 seconds in) and creating a goal chance.  Then a good save, a follow up block by Inniskeen No. 5 and finally recycled and popped over the bar.  (Of course under the new rules the shot at goal wouldn't happen as there was one hand pass too many)