Quote from: ballinaman on May 01, 2015, 10:25:55 AMQuote from: Champ15 on May 01, 2015, 10:19:35 AMIncorrect!Quote from: ballinaman on May 01, 2015, 10:02:31 AMQuote from: moysider on April 29, 2015, 12:31:04 AM
Billy Mac and the other coaches will do a good job with whoever is sent up. But forever kid that is selected for this so-called Academy, another (who feels hard done by) quits the game forever. Kids don t tolerate that muck - they see right through it. I ve probably mentioned it before, but it's worth saying again. A club that struggled to give kids game time with 2 U12 teams were ringing around to try and get an U16 team for championship. Several players quit when they were divided into the have and have -nots and in fairness did not go back. Nepotism has not gone away. Contrary and pushy parents still rule the roost. Some of the kids are just being hawked and others are turned off for good. Too many young lads with potential are quitting because they are rejected. Resources are lavished on others that are being pushed and most amount to little enough.
Ha, this was exactly how it played out for myself. Like to think I have natural enough athletic ability but remember not being arsed going at the way it panned out U-12/14 even though I was still mad about football.
Still remember being lined up,about 40 of us on the steps in front of the clubhouse..one coach just went a tapped a lad on the head and he went off with the "As" and the rest were left to pack into cars and head off to another match. No reason given and I distinctly remember the "As" being made up of 2 town league clubs at the time....while the other 3 town league teams made up the "B" team. No joke, if you're from Ballina...you won't find it hard to work out what I'm on about
Quick guess would be Pat's & Fitzgerald's
That was the case at underage in my day. That and it being about who you were more than what you could do. To be fair that wasn't always the case we had a decent spread of players from all over the town league clubs for the most of part bar United where players from that area usually gave up around the the age of 16 or so