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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 07, 2021, 01:01:33 PM »
WTF was Paul Falloon doing linesman for last night? The best referee in Down and heís on the line. An insult to the players who train like fk all year and invest. A county final is not a place to give a ref a go. Gribben didnít see the harm in giving the team getting beat a few handy ones last night. Wouldnít have happened if Brannigan or Falloon were on the whistle. Not acceptable!

Gribben had a very solid game and was consistent with his decisions on high tackles , over carrying and general fouls . Darragh cross had about 70% possession in the game and should have had it dead and buried . Iíd say Paul would be the first man keen to give other referees big games , otherwise how do they progress , sour grapes me thinks after big money management appointments and still no silverware

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 03, 2021, 07:57:45 PM »
Unai Emery today ruled himself out of the Newcastle job . That can only mean heís taking the Down job

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 25, 2021, 04:42:15 PM »
The championship winners routinely finish in the top 3 in the league . This has been the case for years so itís obviously important enough to them . 3 maybe 4 teams have a realistic shot at the championship , the rest are hoping to catch the big teams on an off day or get a favourable draw . The main teams have got to where they are by consistently winning which happens in  the league . Hiltown won a title this year and suddenly they have a bit of belief Ö. Go figure

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 25, 2021, 01:35:47 PM »
Any league title for anyone outside of burren and kilcoo would be massively celebrated and a fantastic achievement . Winning anything at senior level is a fantastic achievement for anyone given the vice like grip the above mentioned two have had on things for years

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 31, 2021, 11:57:25 AM »

Fantastic interview from ruairi o hare and well done the team amd management 👏

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 25, 2021, 08:05:54 PM »
Any players I've talked to are totally fucked off. Glorified friendlies was the most used phrase.

Iím unsure as to how this could possibly be true . Any team newly promoted will be delighted as they get a free pass in the division for a year to improve . Any team who normally struggle equally so And for any team with aspirations of a top two finish nothing changes . Iíd say this is negativity for negativityís sake

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 22, 2021, 09:53:51 PM »
So no relegation from any division ? And all games tomorrow off and re fixed for next Thursday ? Is that the result of tonight ?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 21, 2021, 04:34:58 PM »
Iím a 9 game league 5 wins would see you safe no matter what . No relegation will mean meaningless games and teams not fielding due to nothing to play for after 5 games .  With or without a few 20 year olds for 4 games the worst teams will end up at the bottom and the better at the top as usually happens in any league . The playoff game is just to give each team involved a fair crack at survival or promotion with their full panel . The main pluses to that system are it allows us to carry on regardless of county and leaves the league competitive

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 21, 2021, 04:00:34 PM »
Promote and relegate only 1 and playoff with top 2 and bottom 2 then . Games go ahead and 1 extra game

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 21, 2021, 03:16:29 PM »
Has that not always been the case ? Some teams with league winning aspirations and some with survival aspirations get shafted due to county players on their squad and some dont ? And again we are talking about under 20 lads here in senior teams not county seniors, huge difference .

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 21, 2021, 02:50:32 PM »
Simple solution . Games should be starred and play on . Most of the teams in div 2/3 are affected by 1 and at most 2 starters . By changing the games they may be missing 1/2 of the of players who are available and fit now . Any division 1 team should be able to withstand the loss of a few 20 year old lads . Clubs with panels of 30+ saying they canít play and then saying they are thinking of their team Ö managers thinking of themselves . Star the games , think of the players who want to play and play on

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 19, 2021, 09:54:15 PM »
I blame the protocol

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 16, 2021, 09:24:55 PM »
Farcical you reckon Ö.50% postponed you say Ö.Itís fantastic insight for you to know what decision 20 clubs are going to make next Friday night . Did you text round them all ? Which ones arenít playing out of interest ?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: July 15, 2021, 12:58:47 PM »
Clubs have played for years under the starred system . That was losing their senior county players . Promotion and relegation play offs were brought in to ease the unfairness of this process meaning at the business end of the league you will have your full squad available for the games to either save yourself or try to win the league . Iíd imagine this wonít be as much of an issue as predicted and most will play on without the lads unless they form a major part of your team .Plus whoís to say how far they actually go .  Itís a freak season again with covid , county boards are having to make decisions on the hop . Players want to play and canít wait to get going , stop moaning and get out and enjoy it .

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: April 20, 2021, 04:13:51 PM »
Provisional dates out for the leagues to start in Down and not happening until the county is out of ulster . Club players shat on as usual . Also talk of an in league warm up cup competition to use as friendlies before the actual league in order to fend off travelling to other counties . Again a poor idea as any team going for anything seriously will not want to show their hand to the same clubs they will ultimately compete with . It will become farcical with teams using them just to get players game time.  Maybe a better idea would be teams from areas competing against each other from any division . St johns , castlewellan , kilcoo and the Finn for example . If teams are gonna play weakened sides anyway maybe use this freak year and circumstance to give lower league teams a crack at the big boys and see where the standard is at and maybe improve down football as a whole as a result .

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