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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: June 12, 2021, 10:21:08 PM »
A good finish to our league campaign and we will be dining at the number 2 table for another year.
Tally managed the game well and while the kick out strategy is far from perfect, it has come on leaps and bounds, with Rory Burns born again to claim a second successive motm performance.
Full back line was strong, only Darren impressed in HB line and Ryan McAvoy brought plenty to the mf sector when he came on apart from his black card and mad cross field pass to Donie Kingston.
Liam Kerr was pick of the forward line despite 1.9 from Barry O'Hagan while Cory Quinn didn't do a lot but everything was quality.  He has the balance and skills of Mark Poland but more end product.  The usual mixture of madness and brilliance from Mooney while all subs did well.
We probably won't get close to Donegal but I'm certain we will put on a good show with pride in the Jersey.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 16, 2021, 06:56:49 PM »
Tally will stick with the players he trusts so the current panel will have to step up. Nobody will know more than themselves and they could win the next two games if the kick out strategy is addressed immediately and players believe in themselves.  One practical suggestion; Burns always seems to be in a rush, presumably under orders, he should compose himself more and get it right.
On a separate note, great win for the hurlers. Down were 5 to 1 according to the Irish News so that result from Ballycran is a big one

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: April 20, 2021, 07:28:10 PM »
Donegal at Pairc Esler is a tough one in a year with no back door.  One to look forward to so we need a good league preparation. They were being talked about as possibly the only threat to the Dubs last year until Cavan tore into them, we will need everything to go right and pray that everything goes wrong for them

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 14, 2021, 12:34:42 PM »
Aye, agree nordie is  a weedy word alright.  Couldn't think of a handier one to make the point that this dilemma only applies to the wee six.
For what it's worth I plan to go ahead with Astra Zenica

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: March 14, 2021, 10:28:00 AM »
With the decision by the Irish National Immunisation Advisory Committee to suspend use of the Astra Zenica vaccine will any Nordies reconsider getting the jab in the next few weeks?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 08, 2021, 07:19:13 PM »
Catch yourself on lotto- pathetic virtue signalling supplemented with personal abuse without knowing facts

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 24, 2020, 06:44:08 PM »
Best news of the day;

Well done to Peter Sheridan, Michel Barnier and Irish government/civil servants

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 20, 2020, 02:35:01 PM »
Shocking by the management team, that Burren minor team was being talked about as the best ever at under 17 level .
Fair play to Fermanagh, they fully deserved it.
Looking back to 2010 it seems clear that McIver and Tally were the main men

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 10, 2020, 07:45:49 PM »
Agree with PTC; every good under 20 player in Down will want to be part of that setup.

What a super performance and before supporters as well. Spurs game on 16th December will be enjoyable!

Recovery is not possible when  you are up against a population of 1.2M. The examples quoted refer to reasonably level playing fields where an exceptional group comes to the fore. Unless the rules change I really don't see anyone winning the All Ireland other than Dublin for the rest of my life.

General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 05, 2020, 01:45:52 PM »
Surely the GFA allows Irish citizens in the North to opt to play for Ireland?
So is today the day that decides our future? Papers saying that Boris always wanted to be the man in the big picture when the crunch came. I'm glad Cummings isn't in his ear at this time and Carrie is a more humane and sensible influence.  But it appears that it's the EU who quite understandably are resolute and Barnier has had a tough challenge negotiating obo 27 countries.  All along I have believed that even the arrogant Tories aren't stupid enough to go for no deal (may have been optimism bias) but as people have warned, no deal could happen by accident if they run out of time.  Johnson is a populist so really doesn't care on the outcome as long as he looks good.  Let's hope Ursula is aware of the high stakes for Ireland, N and S, or a tough few years will become a very tough few years

Time to call it; will there be a deal or not?
I still think there will be. One word answers please; yes or no?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 15, 2020, 04:00:51 PM »
Disappointed would be putting it mildly but glad to see posters aren't getting too personal here.
Every one of those lads did their best for the red and black at a challenging time in all our lives; they aren't paid, there are no supporters, you wouldn't put a dog out in those conditions.
Good luck to Cavan, they're going to need it

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 15, 2020, 11:06:24 AM »
A brilliant result for the hurlers yesterday.  While we've had some good managers from the Ards I think we do better with managers from outside the big three. Ronan Sheehan has done an impressive job and great to see so many clubs represented.  Pairc TV coverage was excellent again.
Hopefully the courage shown yesterday will inspire the footballers today; posters are right to question why Down are favourites as realistically how many people would fancy us if we were up against Monaghan today?
We are probably at the same standard as Armagh/Derry/Cavan with a few significant differences; we have a couple of players who can 'show some magic'- thinking Mooney/O'Hagan/J Johnston/Kerr/Quinn- and we have a manager who knows what he's about and who the players trust and respect.  That should get us over the line today.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: November 08, 2020, 07:42:22 PM »
Hopefully Ward is still involved as Cavan are beatable, would have preferred to face them than Monaghan.
Fermanagh were poor; they have had a difficult preparation and lost key players but Down did well in the second half. Tally got his selection and tactics spot on, as he usually does. Nobody had a bad game and while O'Hagan scored four super points, Mooney was the class act on show. Three critical turnovers in the first half, two great points and a brilliant run for the goal was some return for a man coming back from a fractured skull. While his talent is clear, his reading of the game has improved beyond recognition and Marty Clarke called it right that he thrives when surrounded by good players. He was a worthy captain today in the absence of Darren so well done to all involved.

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