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Re: Offaly hurling discussion
« Reply #75 on: June 21, 2022, 11:16:35 AM »
All Ireland minor final set for Nowlan Park against Tipp.

Brings back memories of this clash in 1989 when over 30,000 packed in to Portlaoise and H&S wasn't a worry!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASUO2egT4Ck

Just a note on this, we played Offaly minors in the semi-final in Croke Park and were beaten by 4 points and IIRC they beat Clare by more in 89.

There was a baste of a full forward, Niall Hand IIRC, he was a brick shithouse at that age, but never really featured for Offaly much thereafter.

Johnny Dooley was No 10 that day, had hairy legs even then.

The Down minors that year weren't bad, think you are a year or 2 older than me so not sure if you played on the under 16 team that beat us in Armagh one year in the semi final of the B championship

Yeah,
  I was on that team in the U16B as well, got beaten by Roscommon in the final who'd a Colm Kelly playing for them, fine hurler.


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Re: Offaly hurling discussion
« Reply #76 on: June 21, 2022, 11:34:13 AM »
All Ireland minor final set for Nowlan Park against Tipp.

Brings back memories of this clash in 1989 when over 30,000 packed in to Portlaoise and H&S wasn't a worry!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASUO2egT4Ck

Just a note on this, we played Offaly minors in the semi-final in Croke Park and were beaten by 4 points and IIRC they beat Clare by more in 89.

There was a baste of a full forward, Niall Hand IIRC, he was a brick shithouse at that age, but never really featured for Offaly much thereafter.

Johnny Dooley was No 10 that day, had hairy legs even then.

The Down minors that year weren't bad, think you are a year or 2 older than me so not sure if you played on the under 16 team that beat us in Armagh one year in the semi final of the B championship

Yeah,
  I was on that team in the U16B as well, got beaten by Roscommon in the final who'd a Colm Kelly playing for them, fine hurler.

He played club hurling in Westmeath for two separate stints in the 00s , with two different clubs. Not the most mobile, but a lethal free taker.

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Re: Offaly hurling discussion
« Reply #77 on: June 21, 2022, 12:42:37 PM »
All Ireland minor final set for Nowlan Park against Tipp.

Brings back memories of this clash in 1989 when over 30,000 packed in to Portlaoise and H&S wasn't a worry!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASUO2egT4Ck

Just a note on this, we played Offaly minors in the semi-final in Croke Park and were beaten by 4 points and IIRC they beat Clare by more in 89.

There was a baste of a full forward, Niall Hand IIRC, he was a brick shithouse at that age, but never really featured for Offaly much thereafter.

Johnny Dooley was No 10 that day, had hairy legs even then.

The Down minors that year weren't bad, think you are a year or 2 older than me so not sure if you played on the under 16 team that beat us in Armagh one year in the semi final of the B championship

Yeah,
  I was on that team in the U16B as well, got beaten by Roscommon in the final who'd a Colm Kelly playing for them, fine hurler.

I played also ya fecker. We'd a few missing that day including the captain. But use were decent enough on the day regardless..
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Re: Offaly hurling discussion
« Reply #78 on: June 21, 2022, 12:50:01 PM »
Yes, Down hurlers gave Offaly their closest game in 1989 (Offaly beat Kilkenny by 12 in a replay)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_All-Ireland_Minor_Hurling_Championship

Niall Hand was a dual minor player that year and they lost the All Ireland football final to Anthony Tohill's Derry a couple of weeks later.
I recall he was a tough player who would prefer to go through someone rather than waste time going around them.
He played league matches for both the hurlers and footballers but didn't play championship.

He's 4th from left on the back row here.
https://www.irishphotoarchive.ie/image/I0000YyuBhYxkNoo

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Re: Offaly hurling discussion
« Reply #79 on: June 21, 2022, 01:08:56 PM »
Yes, Down hurlers gave Offaly their closest game in 1989 (Offaly beat Kilkenny by 12 in a replay)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_All-Ireland_Minor_Hurling_Championship

Niall Hand was a dual minor player that year and they lost the All Ireland football final to Anthony Tohill's Derry a couple of weeks later.
I recall he was a tough player who would prefer to go through someone rather than waste time going around them.
He played league matches for both the hurlers and footballers but didn't play championship.

He's 4th from left on the back row here.
https://www.irishphotoarchive.ie/image/I0000YyuBhYxkNoo

Oh, I know exactly what he was like, broke a good hurl on him, enough to put him off his shot though, Duignan would have been proud of me  ;)

Beat us by six, didn't think it was as much as that, but Johnny Dooley didn't miss a free and we missed a few that day.

Gerard McGrattan made his Croke Park debut that day. He certainly didn't feel overawed his next outing on it a few years later.