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« on: September 21, 2015, 09:54:15 PM »
The match up for this weekends final will be superb

McCambridge vs Clarke
Graffin vs Saul
McManus vs McAuley
Carson/McAfee vs Matty Donnelly
Christy McN vs Dermot Donnelly
Shane McNaughton vs Fergus Donnelly
Eoghan Campbell vs Shane Jennings

Didn't realise how well these teams match up. Cannot wait!

« on: August 04, 2015, 11:38:56 PM »
Two early goals killed us. The big and slow players you reference, in my book are our 3 "americans" who arrived home at the weekend and have serious catching up to do going by tonight. With the other 2 "americans" coming home I think we will be ok. We hit 15pnts and only the sloppy early goals put gloss on the scoreline.

Serious question for the loughgiel contingent.......would you start Neily ahead of Tony McCloskey in full back?

« on: May 26, 2015, 04:21:42 PM »
Hopefully he gets it then.  So what's the moves if he does.  Who do you get to manage the team.  And what is are realistic goals?

Would a new manager make that big a difference
I think player and club hurling standards is a bigger problem
If you look at the league tables there are two down teams 2nd and 3rd in div 1
And a down team top of div 2
Bar LG the rest of the clubs are just not playing well
Is this player standards and lack of cohesive playing systems
Imm sure both down and derry are smelling blood for an Ulster this year

The down teams are terrible. They have a huge start in the league every year as the majority of the three teams starting 15 are training and playing National League. Come August Antrim teams superior hurling shows. The obvious exception being in Owenbeg last October.

I think the standard of hurling player is pretty good across Div1 and there are certainly some classy players in Div2 however I know in our own club this year that we have taken a step back which I put down to poor coaching. We have looked of the pace and don't seem to have any system of play whatsoever. Cushendall I believe are in a similar predicament and now have injuries to contend with. Dunloy have the system but lacking players at the minute. Loughgiel currently have both which makes them hard to beat.

Fancy Derry to make a big push for Ulster this year with Dinny, Kieran O'Connell and Tom managing/coaching

« on: May 23, 2015, 04:30:16 PM »
its all there is to do around lgiel to be fair lol :P
"heaven"  8)

Would it be spectators at training or other juveniles/parents etc? Have to say there is nothing much better than passing a GAA ground wherever of a summer's evening and a pitch or pitches are full of different teams training away.

Loughgeil do seem to be getting up a head of steam.

A shame about Kevin McQuillan as a couple of years back he was flying.

Heard that quite a few from The Town might be headed Stateside and back for championship?

No McManus and Graffan for a couple of months might make some younger heads from the Dall step up?? Assume McManus back for championship and it will be a waiting game for Graffan?
kevin is a grand hurler no doubt and a miss to dunloy.   Am sure he'll be back at some stage.     I would think Neill and Aaron will both be back by championship.  Who's leaving Ballycastle for the lure of a summer away?     And finally.   We've always had a right few around watching trainings.  Nothing new.  Just somewhere to gather and yarn. Lol

Really really worried about us this year. We are losing 5 players (all of whom are key starters) as far as I know for extended periods over the summer from an already thin squad. The five players all live together in Belfast and have decided to head away before returning for championship

« on: April 13, 2015, 01:59:40 PM »
Ballycastle 4-13 1-6 Rossa.

Was unable to get to the match yesterday. What was the performance like yesterday Bonamargy?

« on: March 17, 2015, 11:29:11 AM »
Also I completely agree that it is time Johnston got a fair crack of the whip in the Antrim job. He did a fantastic job with Armagh and is now starting to make progress with Down. (could be an interesting relegation play-off if that came about)

And although it is a pipe dream due to lack of clubs and numbers I think an Antrim B squad could help out big time. I know at our club the difference training with the county whether as part of the senior panel or as an U21 player there to make up training numbers has had is noticeable. It would not be as intense as the main county set up but would work on developing players who are not quite at senior level but with the correct training would be.

The type of players I see this benefiting are the likes of Niall McKenna, Dan McKiernan, Michial Dudley, Ciaran Orchin, Conor Laverty, Paddy Burke, Nigel Elliot, Eoin McAloanan, Tomas O'Ciaran, James O'Connell, James McShane,  Fergus Donnelly, Connall Morgan, Stephen Beatty, Mickey Devlin

« on: March 17, 2015, 11:02:45 AM »
Have not been on in a while so forgive me for being a bit behind the times.

On the Eddie McCloskey topic I think the previous summer was handled poorly and if what SG says is true it is absolutely disgraceful. However he was given the chance this year and despite commiting to the team for 5/6months decided to go and play soccer rather than attend training. So I dont think there can be much argument there.

The best Antrim panels being posted on here are pretty poor IMO. So here goes....

1. DD

2.Ryan McCambridge
3. Matthew Donnelly
4. Aaron Graffin

5.Sean Shannon
6. Neal McAuley
7. Neal McManus

8. Ciaran Johnston
9. Eoghan Campbell

10. Paul Shiels
11. Chris McGuinness
12. Michael Armstrong

13. PJ O'Connell
14. Laim Watson
15. Ciaran Clarke/Conor Johnston

16. Chris O'Connell
17. Eddie McCloskey
18. Kevin Molloy
19. Conor McKinley
20. Conor McCann
21. Michael Bradley
22. Jackson McGreevy
23. James Black
24. Stephen McAfee

« on: March 07, 2015, 11:26:57 PM »
It's funny I am sure I seen Eddie McCloskey playing for Ballycastle United the other week! Doesnt agree with the methods or got caught out and given the chop?

« on: January 20, 2015, 06:56:28 PM »
Already the snide comments about it being Ballycastles to lose begin! Ballycastle were humbled last year the same as the other 20 odd since we won it last. Last year was a particular eye opener as it showed that a lot of our supposed "stars" (ie. McAuley, McAfee etc) just dont have it in them when its put in their face and the chips are down. Will take a serious turnaround if we want to even sniff a final!

« on: December 06, 2014, 09:27:16 PM »
Regardless of the reasons for teams not playing full compliments of players in the run up to championship it did. I think this years league structure is definitely the way to go with our leagues, however a few tweeks are necessary to ensure everyone is happy.
- Sort out the home/away fixtures ensuring everybody has equal amounts
- Seed the championship draw because as much as some may not it like it the fact is the same four Antrim teams will always be in the running for the championship and always in the Top 5.

« on: December 05, 2014, 10:10:45 PM »
Tbh I though the main problem with the league this year stemmed from the championship draws. If the four big teams had not been meeting in championship in the first round I think we would have seen a much better top section of the league. Due to them knowing they were meeting in the first round no team really went for it thus I feel league lost the competitiveness and then as a result championship was dead as league games werent up to the usual tempo. Seeded championship draw and current league format is the way forward I think

TBH you're full of shit...... Cant just keep changing the leagues cause it doesn't suit the big boys or because championship didn't turn out like it should, pure bullshit. Teams/players/management shouldn't go out and play that way (don't think they did) cause the draw was bad. Loughgiel walked the past 4 championships and not one complaint big two not in final, we have ones complaining! The football leagues have stayed the same for past twenty years and no complaints. Difference between top two teams and rest  would be greater than the hurling teams.

Let it go as it is, teams should be playing their level best in every game

How can you not have noticed the games between the big four not being as competitive as previous years? I know for a fact Ballycastle rested players against all three of the other Antrim teams in the top section. The only time a full team was seen in the run up to championship was against Ballycran(in ballycran) and in a friendly against St Vincents in Dublin. I also don't recall the other teams playing full teams against us either. Nobody wanted to show their full hand so close to championship. Fact of the matter is the championship draw was lopsided and the winner was only ever coming out of one side. The other side was closer to intermediate standard than senior. the lack of a seeded championship draw therefore clearly caused a detrimental effect to the league.

« on: December 04, 2014, 01:09:17 AM »
Tbh I though the main problem with the league this year stemmed from the championship draws. If the four big teams had not been meeting in championship in the first round I think we would have seen a much better top section of the league. Due to them knowing they were meeting in the first round no team really went for it thus I feel league lost the competitiveness and then as a result championship was dead as league games werent up to the usual tempo. Seeded championship draw and current league format is the way forward I think

« on: November 15, 2014, 03:21:04 AM »
Best Antrim Team:

DD Quinn
Graffin,Matthew Donnelly,Woody
Kevin Molloy,Neal McAuley,Simon McCrory
Neil McManus,Shorty
Eddie McCloskey,Chris McGuinnes, James Black
P.J. O'Connell, Conor McCann, Ciaran Clarke

Odrahan McFadden, Tony McCloskey, Eoin Campbell, Jackson McGreevy, Ciaran Johnston, Niall McKenna, James McCauig, Chrissy O'Connell, Michael Armstrong, Barry McFall, Stephen McAfee, Dan McKernan, Paddy Burke, Ryan McCambridge, Michael Bradley, Eoin McAloanan, Tomas McCann, Darren Hamill, Stephen Shannon, Conor Carson

« on: November 10, 2014, 03:47:07 PM »
I think KR Antrim set-up is definitely a positive. The team have been back training for several weeks. Last year the U21s were integrated with the seniors which is a first I think for Antrim. Both these things are how successful counties down south work. And as for the Watson issue I think in this case he is correct to leave him out. His hurling ability is not being questioned but he takes away from a positive atmosphere in the squad which I understand the rest of the Loughgiel players buy into. Would be great to see a relatively young squad push on and be competitive in Div 1b and Leinster!

« on: October 27, 2014, 01:16:28 PM »
Does anyone know who the two relegated teams from Div 1 are this year and who is replacing them?

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