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Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2021
« on: June 14, 2021, 02:31:18 PM »
Agree Blue and White. Covid and injuries have really deprived Cheddar of valuable time in the development of this Laois team. He is implementing a new style of hurling that will take time to embed. If Laois could survive in division 1 and championship for next year it is only then we will be able to see the fruits of Cheddar's labour. The likes of Cha, Scully etc. I feel will need a full year or so back training and playing intercounty hurling before they can truly reach full potential of their undoubted talents. If Kavanagh can make a successful recovery and Roddy, Dunphy stay motoring the nucleus of a talented forward line for 2022. I just hope Laois have the opportunity to showcase this at the top table in 2022.

Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: June 11, 2021, 11:26:48 AM »
Down are poor side who still play a defensive brand of football. The win against Westmeath might give them some confidence but Laois are capable of going to Newry and getting a win. Kingston and Begley should be back which will be of help. Hopefully Laois can reduce the error count and move the ball much quicker and play more directly into O'Carroll and Kingston. If we do we have a chance.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: May 25, 2021, 02:15:36 PM »
I know this may sound extreme but the Leinster Championship is a dead duck and with no back door I would nearly rather see the Laois team pulled from the championship and put priority on finishing the 2020 championship in July and starting the 2021 club championship in early August. I know I'd much rather watch two potentially exciting club semi-finals and county final on my tv than a Leinster championship game that is ultimately meaningless with Dublin over the horizon if you do win. 

Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: May 17, 2021, 02:57:15 PM »
Lillis and O'Loughlin's strengths lie in their ability on the ball. However, neither of them would be fantastic fielders of the ball around the middle or great to win the 'dirty' ball compared to other intercounty sides. With both of them into their 30s now-pace to keep with the 20 somethings will also be more of an issue for an entire 70minutes. It has been a problem of Laois for last 15 years that we don't have those kind of footballers around the middle (from numbers 5-12) who win the 50/50 or even 40/60 duels when the ball is there to be won. Every good team needs a balance in type of players they have on the field. I think Laois are too lob sided towards an abundance of nice, ball playing half backs and half forwards. 

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2021
« on: May 10, 2021, 12:00:47 PM »
Smart move by Cheddar and the boys not showing their true potential yesterday. Have Wexford lulled into a false sense of security for the championship encounter later in the year.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2021
« on: May 05, 2021, 10:59:45 AM »
Very little time really between the return to training and opening round of league games for Cheddar to put his stamp on things. I just hope Laois can retain their current league and championship status for next year as that will afford him requisite time and a platform to develop things and hopefully continue the upward trajectory Laois hurling has been on in recent years.   

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Hurlers 2021
« on: April 22, 2021, 03:27:56 PM »
Don't forget we could get Galway potentially in the final as well Zooming Around.

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: January 06, 2021, 01:29:20 PM »
As per Edwin McGreal on Twitter:

The number of current players with All-Ireland medals outside Dublin is now down to 14, from 17 last month, following the three Kerry retirements. So not even enough to pull a team together.

And only one active player in Leinster with a Leinster championship medal and that is a 38 year old Ross Munnelly who incredibly looks like they will be still be there come 2021. His commitment is all the more commendable considering Laois have not had a team that is capable of matching Dublin since McNulty was manager.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 17, 2020, 02:08:03 PM »
Excellent idea to group clubs together in Laois to raise necessary funds for a GDO. Need to show some out of the box thinking on this to maximize resources. If Abbeyleix, Ballypickas and Ballinkill  (maybe one other) clubs pooled together they potentially could afford the cost of a GDO that would then rotate between the schools and club training. If I had a choice I would much rather put my money here (long-term pay off) than on paying the cost of an outside manager.

Laois / Re: The future of laois hurling
« on: December 16, 2020, 02:25:22 PM »
Strategic Priority:

Urbanisation - Portlaoise
A second club (specifically for juvenile
players only) should be established in
Portlaoise at the Knockmay/Mountmellick
Road side of the town. This club would be
feeder unit (in time) to the adult clubs in
Portlaoise and environs.

To be established
in 2018 with
a view to
in 2019

Three years down the line and we have made no inroads whatsoever to revitalise GAA in our urban areas. I honestly don't care about this talk of needing to be careful of creating a super monster like Dublin intercounty team if we invest in Portlaoise. The more kids getting to play GAA the better-ultimately it is about participation.

If Portlaoise do begin to clean up at underage level, then we can face that problem when the time arises. Something tells me with the glacial rate of progress currently it is not a problem we are going to have to face for at least the next decade.


GAA Discussion / Re: Colm Parkinson/The GAA Hour
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:20:14 PM »
Cuala one of the affluent clubs in the country. You will probably find club committee members working high enough up in these companies or  are friends with people high enough up in these companies to bring them on board as sponsors. Very different to a rural country club when the main sponsor is the lad who offers/can afford to buy the new set of jerseys for the coming year.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: December 10, 2020, 12:09:25 PM »
That's a great read Clonadmad. Big money, facilitates and resources needed to get these type of underage structures right-having UL on their doorstep, people like Cregan and an enviable budget certainly played their part in achieving what they achieved.

A major reason for upturn in Limerick's fortunes has been the promotion of hurling in the city. Huge increase in numbers and interest in GAA. Sadly, previous strategic plans in our own county have noted the need to do something similar in Portlaoise. We are still waiting to see the same upsurge as what Limerick experienced. In fact, I would suggest GAA in Portlaoise at juvenile level has nosedived in the other direction. 

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: December 09, 2020, 12:55:06 PM »
900 odd boys in the CBS

A school thats completely underperforming in both codes

A microcosm of where juvenile gaa stands in the county

Completely agree with that part.
Jesus there is some potential there. Youd imagine it would be a football powerhouse almost despite itself.

How are you surprised- lads are not going to start playing GAA going into secondary school. Need to rejuvenate juvenile football in the town and get lads involved playing from 5, 6, and 7 years of age. Need a healthy club scene for that in the town.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: December 07, 2020, 01:41:19 PM »
Rumours (only rumours) of Cheddar getting Mick Dempsey on board with Niall Corcoran staying on, Brendan Bugler also ?
Would be impressive, Id be delighted to see Corcoran stay on

Fingers crossed if that was the case

An excellent mix

That would be some dream team and hopefully Tommy Fitz stays onboard as well. A nice Christmas present for all Laois hurling Gaels.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 27, 2020, 11:13:32 AM »
On a random sidenote I see that Dunamase College in Portlaoise will treble in size over the next few years to over 1000 students with its new school. With its location and future size there is massive potential/opportunity here for Laois GAA to tap into and help revitalise GAA in the town. Obviously the school would have to come onboard with the idea, but if a Portlaoise specific GDA was link up with the school and put the correct structures in place it could be one step in the right direction of revitalising hurling within the town.   

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