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#1
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
February 28, 2024, 03:08:09 PM
Quote from: Hoof Hearted on February 28, 2024, 01:31:31 PM
Quote from: SW Ultras on February 28, 2024, 12:30:32 PMAny news on Shea Downey playing for Antrim? Seen Oran Downey regularly on Antrim bench, and was wondering would his Downey brethren be playin for the saffron yellow this year? Obviously not getting a look in under Mickey, and with him playing club football in Beal Feirste at Musgrave, wouldn't it a be a no-brainer to transfer over? Food for thought lads? Only a newbie here  8)

welcome Seamus
;D  ;D  ;D
#2
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
February 27, 2024, 03:46:31 PM
Quote from: NorthAntrim on February 27, 2024, 03:04:31 PM
Quote from: antrimman667 on February 27, 2024, 01:54:51 PMwould it make any sense to push the fixtures out to clubs?

why would the clubs need the fixtures? madness even suggesting that
Or why would a last year minor need to know at this stage if they can play adult football or not ;D
#3
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
February 26, 2024, 03:05:49 PM
Quote from: bannside on February 26, 2024, 02:34:20 PM
Quote from: EOC1923 on February 26, 2024, 02:13:44 PM
Quote from: bannside on February 25, 2024, 09:14:06 PMYes. Apart from a great 10 minute spell before half time when we scored five unanswered point, Sligo were just better than us. Nothing easy looking about our next two games either, Wicklow at home in last fixture could be make or break.
Antrim twitter feed yesterday at 15.24 - 'Big Jack Dowling also on for Colm McLarnon'.
The standard of player just isn't available for Antrim to progress any higher than staying in Div 3, if they stay up its clearly a bonus. Not insulting anyone its just the reality of the current situation.

That's the reality EOC, and the players representing us are working hard at training and out there doing their best. We have a lot of quality missing, and on that basis it really would be creditable if we can maintain division three status with the hand that we were dealt.

Even just take the Cargin contingent for example. From 7 panellists last year and this, there were medium or longer term injuries to Jamie, CJ, Eunan, Sean ONeill, now Benen, and I think I've even missed someone!

The class of Adam, Ryan, Aghagallon McCann and Peter Healy arnt easily replaced, and throw in last years midfield pairing Stew and Kevin Small. And even that's not nearly the full list.

To be fair I don't see the usual cheap shots I was expecting after a few defeats. The reality is no one could have anticipated the loss of so many influential players, and being optimistic, with the wind behind us we should have a far stronger panel next year.



Yes I think just stay up and aim for a better run of luck next year with injuries.
#4
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
February 26, 2024, 02:13:44 PM
Quote from: bannside on February 25, 2024, 09:14:06 PMYes. Apart from a great 10 minute spell before half time when we scored five unanswered point, Sligo were just better than us. Nothing easy looking about our next two games either, Wicklow at home in last fixture could be make or break.
Antrim twitter feed yesterday at 15.24 - 'Big Jack Dowling also on for Colm McLarnon'.
The standard of player just isn't available for Antrim to progress any higher than staying in Div 3, if they stay up its clearly a bonus. Not insulting anyone its just the reality of the current situation.
#5
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
February 20, 2024, 03:24:45 PM
We lost control years ago but very sad to see Casement has turned into the political football it has, at the mercy of the British Government and Gordon Lyons to increase their contribution (even with the Irish Govt money) And if its built what stipulations will it have, will N Ireland play more games there? how many Antrim Gaels will even get to avail of it? The Euros is one thing but what after that, unpopular opinion probably not even possible at this stage, but a revamped Casement in the style of Healy Park or Armagh Athletic grounds should be built if this current fiasco continues. At least it would be ours,
A balls up from the start and when you see the same faces still hanging about the project it doesn't give much hope.
#6
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
January 30, 2024, 12:32:49 PM
Congrats to Ballymena and Aldergrove on their promotion to Division 1, what an achievement lads
#7
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
January 22, 2024, 07:37:45 AM
Quote from: BrendanAntrim on January 21, 2024, 08:25:26 PM
Quote from: Milltown Row2 on January 21, 2024, 07:47:25 PMThat'll show them!

Rise above, or throw your toys out of the pram?

No winners

Damaging result today for ladies team; Louth would have been targeted for a win. If M'Glass really are boycotting, well that's a shame and should be reversed.
I read somewhere Cathy Carey is part of the management at home games so doesn't seem like a boycott. If there is a boycott its obviously a result the treatment they got the day of the minor final last year which was totally pathetic from all parties involved.
#8
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
January 15, 2024, 03:09:25 PM
Are these proposals going to improve the standard of Division 1? answer is no. Are these proposals going to lower the standard in Divison 1? the answer is yes.
I look forward to hearing how the All Saints Chairman (member of working group) justifies his club being parachuted into Division 1 and whether he can keep a straight face while doing it.
#9
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
December 12, 2023, 10:38:29 AM
Quote from: bannside on December 12, 2023, 10:04:02 AMhttps://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2023/12/11/news/tomas_mccann_s_controversial_red_card_against_glen_rescinded-3841156/?param=ds12rif76F&fbclid=IwAR1D2kH_TNX6BnEwMhsrLE_jEDNhAoJHJpK0rX2Zp6tO-SR1sLPkq_O5kzY_aem_Aek8d_6y0fEtpRWJ2PiwvmEeu9iHu4ARdCdAc7tTuXRtWipKgiIRGpf3hml29Et-oJQ


Tomas red card rescinded. For Cargin it's a case of they'll never know what would have happened had Tomas played the full game, but as Lar says, you'de have to admit it would not have been a surprise had Cargin scraped through.

That's the harshness of football, we never get to really know!
No one in the stand that day thought it was red (whether they admit it or not), the Foreglen linesman had his say but its all parked now, at least Tomas has no suspension hanging over him for this new season.
What about Antrim, the Portgual training trip is bound to have a positive effect, some very winnable games in Div 3, promotion should definitely be on the agenda
#10
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 25, 2023, 01:50:43 PM
Quote from: Pjoe on November 24, 2023, 09:00:12 PMLooks like you are in the know EOC - please inform us who paid for and built the two pitches and changing rooms at Musgrave?

Quote from: EOC1923 on November 23, 2023, 10:43:21 PM
Quote from: Duine Inteacht Eile on November 23, 2023, 10:29:45 PMA lot of clubs could afford one of these. Instead, however, they throw good money after bad at snake oil merchants to take their senior team that, if they they are honest with themselves, haven't a fcukin prayer of winning anything.

There are absolutely wrongs in this but it is a much better investment of club funds if you ask me.
It's an interesting move by them going forward, many Dublin 'Super Clubs' do this, most of them own a pitch and some changing rooms though

Can you point out where I said I knew who paid for the pitch you play on or changing rooms you use?
You are doing something different with the GPO that many clubs would like to be able to do, don't be so touchy about it.
#11
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 23, 2023, 10:43:21 PM
Quote from: Duine Inteacht Eile on November 23, 2023, 10:29:45 PMA lot of clubs could afford one of these. Instead, however, they throw good money after bad at snake oil merchants to take their senior team that, if they they are honest with themselves, haven't a fcukin prayer of winning anything.

There are absolutely wrongs in this but it is a much better investment of club funds if you ask me.
It's an interesting move by them going forward, many Dublin 'Super Clubs' do this, most of them own a pitch and some changing rooms though
#12
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 22, 2023, 11:37:36 AM
Quote from: BelSaft on November 22, 2023, 11:16:29 AMI see Justin McMahon in to work with the Defence. Should be a good addition.  ;D
Maybe he will tog out himself, full back a big problem position for us ;D
#13
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 20, 2023, 07:23:40 PM
Tomas and Ronan will both be involved in our first game next season, Tomas will get his red card lifted if common sense prevails and Ronan Devlin will lead us in 2024.
#14
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 16, 2023, 09:16:59 PM
Quote from: Delgany 2nds on November 16, 2023, 07:19:20 PMI think the 16 Div 1 scenario in 2024, is a compromise for one year, as this is being implemented retrospectively.
I think it makes sense to go top 8 in 1A , next 8 in 1B, in 2025, When teams know what they are playing for with 1 up and 1 down between 1A & B.
I feel that relegation via championship is a fairer outcome due to spilt season impact on clubs e.g Dunloy !!!
You seem well versed on it. Rewarding teams with a place in Division 1 who were either relegated or failed to get promoted stinks, no matter what way you spin it.
#15
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 16, 2023, 02:46:41 PM
Quote from: BelSaft on November 16, 2023, 02:34:58 PM
Quote from: EOC1923 on November 16, 2023, 12:38:35 PM
Quote from: BelSaft on November 16, 2023, 08:53:16 AMAny developments from last nights meeting in Dunsilly?
Could you not ask your club rep that was at it? I heard they were also one of the dirty dozen who organised the new proposals
Quote from: BelSaft on November 16, 2023, 02:34:58 PM
Quote from: EOC1923 on November 16, 2023, 12:38:35 PM
Quote from: BelSaft on November 16, 2023, 08:53:16 AMAny developments from last nights meeting in Dunsilly?
Could you not ask your club rep that was at it? I heard they were also one of the dirty dozen who organised the new proposals

Dirty Dozen? Were there 12 involved? Salty response as you would say. Still in bad mood?
No the bad mood has moved on, yes I heard there were up to 12 and something like G and t states as well. IMO we are lowering the quality in Div1 by increasing the teams, which in turn will helps no one.