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« on: May 26, 2021, 10:03:42 AM »
What's the story with Seaan Elliot? Is he injured?

Fell on his hand at training and broke the thumb, is still a bit away from being able to play again but a few more weeks will do him well in terms of it recovering.

« on: May 25, 2021, 08:54:20 AM »
No he isn't with the panel this year. he wasn't included in the panel for the final and decided that would do him.

Personally i cant understand that as he was the best defender in our panel last year and will only get better. He's still young and has many more years ahead of him so hopefully down the line he will be in the antrim squad.

« on: May 24, 2021, 02:54:53 PM »
Christ one half of a season back at the top level and already we have folk moaning about how we aren't good enough. i can assure you that the lads were bitterly disappointed following the game against Dublin from chatting to a few of them. They felt they let themselves down and didnt play well at all. That says more to me of the high standard they set for themselves and where they want to be going.

Antrim have spent years trying to get themselves into a shape to be able to deserve to be in Division 1 and so far they have done better than any of us probably would of imagined. No one would of predicted that we would have one win from any of those first three games so we are in a better position that we all expected.

A successful outcome is for Antrim still to be in this league for next season and continue to develop and improve our top players so they are able to step up another level the following season.

« on: May 10, 2021, 12:23:15 PM »
Darren and his set up really have went all out looking how to bring out the best. I noticed yesterday he has Clinton Hennessey now as the keeper coach for the set up. I mean who better than a former Waterford keeper to add those extra touches to the improvements.

If Antrim can continue to keep making the improvements off the pitch as well as on it we can continue to be in a place where we can stay at the top tier.

I noticed that about Hennessey too which I didn't know. He played for Loughgiel in some games.(3rds I think and outfield)

Yeah he didnt really play much for Loughgiel, seen him play against our reserves once in a league game.

Know him well enough and hes a top man and also a top keeper at that. Its another good addition

« on: May 10, 2021, 11:33:29 AM »
Darren and his set up really have went all out looking how to bring out the best. I noticed yesterday he has Clinton Hennessey now as the keeper coach for the set up. I mean who better than a former Waterford keeper to add those extra touches to the improvements.

If Antrim can continue to keep making the improvements off the pitch as well as on it we can continue to be in a place where we can stay at the top tier.

« on: May 10, 2021, 08:14:36 AM »
Hi lads well done on your win, but..... :o

The usual garbage from folk after a defeat to a team like Antrim where everything from the weather will be rolled out as an excuse.

Here's a good one to try - Clare were beat by a better team.

We are good at seeing that up here in Antrim when we lose to a better team. We don't make excuses why a team like Clare, Wexford, Offaly etc beat us, we accept we weren't good enough and try and find ways to better what is going on.

And if Kilkenny do show us 'the true picture' we will be the better for having taken on a better team and hopefully can learn lessons from it to improve.

« on: May 05, 2021, 09:48:42 PM »
Welcome along mate.

Its a good time for Antrim hurling at the moment. If we can build on the momentum from last year and hold our place again for the next season ill see that as a real success for us. Get the foot in the door and stay there.

« on: May 05, 2021, 03:11:05 PM »
I assume you need permission from both clubs? I know one I was about to watch last year and then at the last minute the visiting club didn't want it streamed.

from memory you need permission from both clubs to do so and the county - mainly down to if something happens at the game is it not?

« on: May 05, 2021, 08:16:40 AM »
Loughiel v Dunloy game being streamed on sat online. No supporters allowed in so this is def a positive! Have to give Antrim gaa team their credit they really have stepped things up again.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:02:37 AM »
23 between 3 clubs?? il take your word for it bannside but my god where is the players at from the other clubs around the county. is our intermediate or junior footballers nowhere near the standard of county level. im not up to date with the county panel but even in years gone by i can only think of one or two lads whos clubs wernt in div1 that held down their place in a county jersey. Kevin Brady and Big Sean McVeigh in more recent years. If there are more id like to hear about them. Goes back to a debate we had on here regarding Harbinson bringing lads onto the panel who were from clubs outside the big 3/4 and that turned out not a good thing  for him. i think bannside, yourself and milltown along with a few others were advocates for that approach but would need to scroll back and see. Though with the new management doing the complete opposite it will be interesting to see how it pans out for them thats for sure.

The strongest football players we have are also hurlers and are also in the county senior hurling panel so it wouldn't ever work out for them to try to commit to any football panel.

« on: April 21, 2021, 08:59:12 AM »
Its a good game for Antrim. We have nothing to lose whatsoever and the experience of last season plus the Division 1b campaign will stand them to good footing going forward.

If we wanted to see where we are going with this Antrim set then this is where we want to be. Looking forward to this.

« on: March 01, 2021, 08:14:18 PM »
Bathshack senior hurling championship

Group 1
St Endas

Group 2
St Johns
Tir Na nOg

Some decent games in store there for the senior games

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 19, 2021, 02:42:26 PM »
I chuckled this morning when I seen promotional material for St Endas called Club 100.
They claim to be the biggest club in Antrim and Ulster and the  predominant club in South Antrim.  No mean feat.
There is a lot of competition with all the clubs in North Belfast.. Lol 😂😂
The last time I looked they had zero senior football and zero hurling championship medals.
They have a big membership, a growing nursery school and good size of land facilities but they  have also developed a BIG dose of DUP type arrogance as well.  Too soon to claim to be the biggest club in the world...

Listened to The Saffcast podcast this morning. Very impressive set up that St. Enda's have going on. A serious pick of schools and players feeding into their teams. Surely on numbers alone and with the sort of set up they have they'll be a championship winning club in a few years.

listened to it myself this morning and they have done a fine job at St Endas. I've been impressed with the work they have been doing on and off the field.

If they keep that going at underage level it gives the platform for a senior success at the club

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 18, 2021, 05:05:03 PM »
Part of the problem in this wasn't caused by the GAA that caused such a massive delay which has had the knock on effect to leave it so far down the line and the costs go up.

The cost of steel, blocks, insulation, windows etc have risen due to the pandemic, inflation, natural rises and brexit. Of course what was ring fenced and agreed 10 years ago was never going to be in the same playing field as it is now so for the GAA to be asked to up their commitment for something that wasn't their fault is a bit laughable. I can see why the GAA arent forthcoming with any commitments to give anymore money into the project.

They already have commitments to other improvements in Meath and Kildare put on the back burner so Antrim will go the same way with that regards as well.

The DOC wont be forth coming with more money at the moment, the GAA either. Casement Park will be sitting as it is for a while longer.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: February 18, 2021, 11:24:09 AM »
Its very depressing to think that once great venue is now lying how it is.

Theres been lots of faults all along the way in this from the start of the process to now. Closing down Casement while we waited on a planning application to be done and submitted etc was silly. the ground should of been kept open until the last moments.

Was there a public consultation done on the project? Not sure if one was done at that time to gauge the local response to the scheme designs for the ground. I have always got the feeling that the money was there - we all took it and never for once though it all through at all. Just get it done and built seemed to be the thought process.

The balls up made with the health and safety side of things for the fire escapes, large crowd evacuations etc. All signs that the project was just being pushed through to get that public money spent and get it built.

The complete shambles made with the original planning decision. I mean ffs i have a handling sometimes trying to get a house passed for planning through my work and have to jump through hoops just for that to be done lol

The on going mess with the local residents and their concerns. Should of been sorted right back at the very start with a public consultation and meetings for have that all in place before it got into Planning.

There's little can be done with regards to the time and costs going up, thats just a reflection on how things are now, with the GAA being asked to foot more money into this as the money that was ring fenced isn't enough to cover the new costs. As time moves on and nothing happening the cost of construction will also keep rising.

Another smaller scheme would need to go back into Planning and that in itself would just add more years onto a delay in starting. I feel we are where we are now and it wont be changed or reduced down. It will be down to the GAA finding more money as the executive wont be stumping up anymore without a political row.

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