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Antrim / Re: ANTRIM HURLING
« on: May 06, 2021, 02:44:27 PM »
It was nice to be at a hurling match last night in lovely Spring / Summer weather, a senior hurling match in south Belfast where the Naomh Brid keeper was 35 years older than the youngest player. That's what you call a blend of youth and experience :)

It was well refereed too!

Seen that on Twitter, would Naomh brid be boys from other clubs moving to Belfast or a lot of their young lads coming from their brid Og?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Underage training
« on: April 30, 2021, 02:21:08 PM »
my wee boy is 4 and he's started, its actually good, I really didn't want to send him but his mum signed him up and I took him last week for the first time. as someone already stated its mostly games running round lifting cones and stuff but they did do a bit with a ball just throwing it to each other etc, I was really impressed with the coaches, they were really good with the kids. my son loves it and cant wait for next week, with him being cooped up for so long its great to have him out interacting with other kids again.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 30, 2021, 12:35:00 PM »
Must have nothing better to be at.


exactly, if people have nothing else to do and decide they want to stand in a queue then thats up to them I dont really think its something to get annoyed about. Equally, id say there's a lot of people in that queue who need new clothes for kids who are growing and possibly need lighter summer clothes and maybe dont have the luxury to be able to buy more expensive stuff online. I know my wee boy is going through clothes at a crazy rate at the minute and its hard to keep up, if families need to go and get reasonably priced clothes and are prepared to queue for ages then fair play to them.

Apparently Primark was open at 5 this morning in Belfast! In fairness today the weather is good and the town looks like its lived in now!

Hopefully it will bring back more and more business's that closed or stalled during the last period of lockdown.

I'm moving out of it soon, will miss the handiness of the town for work and the bars just when they are opening again!

Yeah, thats a day you could get side tracked into one of the beer gardens walking past alright! great to see bit of life about the place again!

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: April 30, 2021, 12:22:31 PM »
Must have nothing better to be at.


exactly, if people have nothing else to do and decide they want to stand in a queue then thats up to them I dont really think its something to get annoyed about. Equally, id say there's a lot of people in that queue who need new clothes for kids who are growing and possibly need lighter summer clothes and maybe dont have the luxury to be able to buy more expensive stuff online. I know my wee boy is going through clothes at a crazy rate at the minute and its hard to keep up, if families need to go and get reasonably priced clothes and are prepared to queue for ages then fair play to them.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: April 28, 2021, 10:30:37 AM »
Lad's does anyone know when Antrim CCC are publishing the fixtures for the upcoming season?

Master fixs schedule on  28th , and  actual opening fixtures on 4th / 5th May.

No relegation at all this year will make games extremely meaningless for a lot of teams this year

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirement age of inter-county players?
« on: April 25, 2021, 08:06:02 PM »
The problem with what youíre suggesting there is that counties could take the hit for individual indiscretions.

Say a dozen to 16 lads from Down started ďfilling the voidĒ be meeting each other every Tuesday and Thursday morning for a training session.

Would this count as the ďrules being brokenĒ?

You canít really stop people doing what they want with their free time, what Iím saying is that if the managers arenít getting paid and the players arenít getting their expenses, is there the appetite to have extra training? And outside the big counties would there be the sponsors to fire money at it on the sly? Thatís why I think the 2nd tier comp would be a great chance to trial it, Iím sure county boards would be happy with it and players would be more than happy with it. Like anything, it takes a brave decision to change whatís currently going on

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirement age of inter-county players?
« on: April 25, 2021, 04:15:32 PM »
And managenents/players will adhere to the two sessions.?
There wasn't meant to be any activity from early January....

The main problem tends to be a case of keeping up with the Jonesí teams think they have to do more because other counties are doing it. There was an article I read last week about GAA players over training even compared to pro athletes. Itís not sustainable. I think if county boards take the lead and do it then there is a chance for change. Co boards are running up crazy bills. If they interview a manager and tell him they are only authorising mileage, meals etc for 2 sessions a week then yeah Iíd say theyíll go for it or else not take the gig. Co boards need to lead for a change.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirement age of inter-county players?
« on: April 25, 2021, 03:45:14 PM »
The inter county game isnít the best players from each county, itís the players who can commit to the schedule of a part to full time athlete while holding down work/ story and family commitments. Go and look at the pen pics on a programme at a county game, how many tradesmen etc do you see compared to years ago? Average age very low also. Thatís not because players are too old after 26 but other things In life become a priority. I look at Antrim last year, we were able to get some of our best players back out because the management were willing to work with them to make it workable for them. I think itís def the way smaller counties need to go. Better to have your best squad training together twice a week than not having a lot of your best players available but training 4 times a week.

True however the majority do give that commitment for Dublin, Kerry, Tyrone, Donegal, Mayo, Monaghan the rest has to deal with a lot more early retirements or players opting out.

Yeah itís easy to commit when youíre getting well looked after and winning. Hard to justify the sacrifices when you know youíre not gonna be challenging at the business end of the season. I actually think for teams in the new 2nd tier championship when it eventually comes in have a chance to change things. They should be capped at 2 group sessions a week. Not as much commitment with a realistic chance of winning something would probably get smaller counties better players to commit.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Retirement age of inter-county players?
« on: April 24, 2021, 10:34:23 PM »
The inter county game isnít the best players from each county, itís the players who can commit to the schedule of a part to full time athlete while holding down work/ story and family commitments. Go and look at the pen pics on a programme at a county game, how many tradesmen etc do you see compared to years ago? Average age very low also. Thatís not because players are too old after 26 but other things In life become a priority. I look at Antrim last year, we were able to get some of our best players back out because the management were willing to work with them to make it workable for them. I think itís def the way smaller counties need to go. Better to have your best squad training together twice a week than not having a lot of your best players available but training 4 times a week.

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With organised sport being able to resume in the north here from Friday will the GAA allow clubs to play games from this date? im sure county boards would love a chance to get played any outstanding games from last year that affect leagues/ championships for the coming season and im sure they'd like to get their seasons ball rolling for kids etc asap also, wonder when well see any clarification on this
Either way Iím sure thereíll be a couple of weeks of friendlies first. GAA need to get the finger out and announce something.

Yeah thats what I mean, like if the GAA say yeah as per the legislation the teams in the north can play matches again im sure county boards would be looking at getting competitive action going near end a may with clubs able to get a few challenge games in first, dont think anyone will want much longer, lads wanna just get back at it

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With organised sport being able to resume in the north here from Friday will the GAA allow clubs to play games from this date? im sure county boards would love a chance to get played any outstanding games from last year that affect leagues/ championships for the coming season and im sure they'd like to get their seasons ball rolling for kids etc asap also, wonder when well see any clarification on this

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General discussion / Re: European Super League
« on: April 19, 2021, 07:47:15 AM »
it'll start as a European super league, closed shop after a few years the idea will be floated about bringing a team to China or the likes and that'll be the start of it, one of the big clubs franchise will be sold to the highest bidder, same as the hype for bringing an NFL team to London, can see it coming a mile off thats what these money men want.

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: April 15, 2021, 01:57:41 PM »
As soon as matches are allowed to be played they should play the divisional championships ocahan and berringer cup etc, be a great wee start with some competitiveness to blow the cobwebs off!

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General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: April 14, 2021, 09:12:10 AM »
Lennon enjoying his time off.  :-\

https://twitter.com/Marc_Arns10/status/1382064619771027457

who ever videoed that and shared it should be ashamed of themselves (they won't be) NL is a guy who clearly has issues and has spoken openly about facing up to them and spoke about his mental health problems. Nobody should be subjected to being videoed at their lowest for cheap laughs, disgusted at this. Neill Lennon was not a good football manager and I was glad to see him getting the road but people really need to wise up if they think this is funny or something to gloat about

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: April 09, 2021, 01:21:57 PM »
Football might be a bit earlier;

8. 2021 Club Window Provisions
ē   Important to note that we still do not have permission to return to club training or games yet (only training in pods of 15 allowed in the North)
ē   However, calendar is set up in such a way that:
o   Club competitions with county players can take place as County teams exit the Championships (in football, teams start exiting from the end of June; in Hurling July 10th) [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]
o   From August 1st, all Counties bar All Ireland Semi-Finalists in Football and Hurling, and the teams in the Div 1 Hurling Relegation play off, will be free to stage club competitions with county players.  [RESTRICTIONS PERMITTING]
o   Additionally, the commencement of the Provincial Club Championships will be delayed until Mid-November.
o   Provinces have been requested to ensure Clubs from teams in the senior inter-county All Ireland Semi-finals and Finals will not be involved in the earliest round of the relevant Provincial Championship (where possible).
ē   Senior Provincial Club Championship will most likely start in or around the weekend of Nov 20/21 (dates to be finalized by each Provincial Council).
ē   All Ireland Senior Club Finals are provisionally scheduled for the weekend of February 12th/13th 2022.

thinking outside the box but does this mean we can start club league competitions WITHOUT the county players??

Strange wording in that indeed looks to be pointing that direction alright.

I think its pretty much to say club championships cant start to after, if its put to clubs that leagues to be played without county players id say most would be agreeable.

I'd say the clubs will be chumping at the bit to get this up and running regardless of county players or not... Whether its a no promotion relegation format for the league is not a problem.

link the relegation to championship, clubs who haven't had a chance to win promotion last year deserve a chance at it this year but equally clubs dont deserve to be potentially relegated due to having players good enough for county unavailable, would def be workable.

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