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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:32:34 PM »
A good few openings for next season from what I hear
Clubs need to be on the ball pretty soon

Bryansford decision imminent
Rostrevor
Loughinisland
Saul
Longstone
Castlewellan
CPN decision imminent meeting tonight
Newry Shamrocks
Newry Bosco
Carryduff
Bredagh decision imminent
Glenn decision imminent


A busy few weeks for clubs

I really hope Hollo gets the road tbh.. brought us silverware yes - but his approach is all wrong.. we have players another year older now and still no championship.. Shouldíve got McCorry before them Uns up the road didÖ

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Down / Re: Down GAA Championship 2021 Prediction Competition
« on: October 15, 2021, 11:07:11 PM »
SFC

Kilcoo
Burren

SFC Relegation

Bryansford

IFC

Drumgath
Darraghcross

IFC Relegation

Bosco

JFC

Finn
Drumaness

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 13, 2021, 08:38:44 PM »
Honest question here and I don't know the answer. Do people really think Down have the players to get to division 1 and complete with the big boys.
No. Could be a top division 2 team and maybe dip our feet in div 1 the odd time. The new crop of u20 fills us with a bit of hope but it can be hard to integrate them into a senior set up without upsetting the balance of the squad plus you are only as strong as the new group of players coming behind you. Dublin especially benefitted from about 5 years of real strong u21 teams coming through the ranks and i can't see Down having that many strong squads come through in succession considering our last great u21 team was 2008-2009

The 08/09 team wouldnít lace the boots of the 05 U21s team..

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Down / Re: Down GAA Championship 2021 Prediction Competition
« on: October 07, 2021, 10:31:56 PM »
Morgan Fuels SFC Quarter finals

Ballyholland
Downpatrick
Burren
Kilcoo

Morgan Fuels SFC Relegation Play off semi finals

Rostrevor
Loughinisland

Parador Lodge IFC quarter final draw

St Paulís
Darragh Cross
Saval
Liatroim

IFC Relegation Play off semi finals

Newry Bosco
St Johnís

Parador Lodge JFC quarter final draw

Finn
East Belfast
Dundrum
Drumaness

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 07, 2021, 10:29:08 PM »


That's a bit harsh Johnny, what do you mean? I'm not talking about the money as he was supposedly looking £1000 a week from Clonduff for his management team. As for playing players only back, they were recognised seniors and had helped get the Point close to the top in Down, whey would he not play them?

Bringing underage players through is the lifeblood to any senior team but if the Point are playing lower level stuff then the chances of having 2/3 younger players into the senior set up every year is slim. That's not going to help them in the long term and if they don't win a championship very soon then it's never gonna in the next 10 - 15 years.
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Players that were training around their working life were told to make greater sacrifices or leave - sometimes people shud remember itís an amateur game with people that have to work to pay the bills. Young Gallagher had serious potential as a minor - tough as nails corner back who took no shit.. Told to go. Aaron Magee - told to go.
As for players getting us near the top what a message to send to our younger players - Magee n Davidson can train for a month n play. Thanks for training your ass off since April but the two lads are back now so use can p**s offÖ Its wrong on so many levels. But typical of paid management looking for a quick fix..

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 07, 2021, 06:12:06 PM »
It actually makes me laugh when people talk about NMCA taking our club to a new level - he did no such thing. Won absolutely f**k all in his tenure and thatís what success is based on. Not taking s**t from players is one thing - but players not being allowed to play for their own club teams because a blow in getting £££ (and a very hefty back room team) is dictating is completely wrong.
At same time I feel Mulholland made mistake this year letting players who trained only a month play championship. Setting those type standards is not what wins year in year out.
If we want to compete - we need to compete at top level at all underage teams, we need to freshen up the senior team every year with 2-4 players putting themselves forward for consideration. But these players need a chance to play. No point playing the same old every year especially when they have proven on the championship stage they canít cut it..

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 04, 2021, 09:16:47 PM »
Interesting draws tonight.
Looks like the harps are heading for their third semi final in a row. Clonduff v Downpatrick could be interesting , Kilcoo will hammer carryduff and the noisy neighbours could come a cropper v Mayobridge..
all to play for..

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 03, 2021, 09:22:52 PM »
Well that was brutal. Mulholland was and has been out of his depth all season. He won a half league title but the standard of play has been brutal. Iím afraid that could be the point on the way down the slope again. Playing Players who have literally only came back into the fold a month ago is totally wrong IMO and was our problem for years. McAleenan won f**k all with us - but the bluffers knew where they stood.
Our golden team, golden generation, best team in decades and we end up with a half league trophy. Iíll take it but it means little.. how people rate us as second best team in the county is laughable.

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Down / Re: Down GAA Championship 2021 Prediction Competition
« on: October 01, 2021, 11:15:13 PM »
SFC

Clonduff
Carryduff
Castlewellan
Bredagh V Mayobridge - canít pick as game already played


IFC

Saval
St Paulís
Darragh Cross
Drumgath V Ballymartin - canít pick as game already played

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 29, 2021, 10:11:53 PM »
Our lady and st Patricks Knock are entering the McRory cup for the first time ever, this is a massive achievement for the Belfast clubs and a great boost for East Down Gaels who are continually watching the Newry schools getting all the glory. That should be the aim of the Red High, to become a consistent McRory cup school, the clubs that feed the schools are strong clubs, this should be a target for Down GAA!

Easier said than done this.. St Louis were there for a couple of years and have disappeared, St Paulís, St Malachys - all back at McLarnon level now..

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:41:43 PM »
Nasty rumours going around about Kilcoo player today.. Is the cloak starting to slip??
Draws this week are very predictable apart from the Kilcoo v Clonduff game. Is it time to scrap the back door system??

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Down / Re: Down GAA Championship 2021 Prediction Competition
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:39:05 PM »

SFC Winners Draw

Burren
Downpatrick
Ballyholland
Clonduff

SFC Losers Draw

Carryduff
Mayobridge
CPN
Castlewellan

IFC Winners Draw

Annaclone
Liatroim
Tullylish
Drumgath

IFC Losers Draw

Shamrocks
Ballymartin
Bright
Saval



JFC Losers Draw

Ardglass
Kilclief
St Michaels

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:58:58 PM »
Kilcoo good for their win, obviously there for the taking but Mayobridge stepped back and stopped going at them. Even when they were four down with 5 minutes left, they were still conditioned to sit back and not go for it. Why change a plan that was working in the first half and really troubled Kilcoo.

Just wondering why the so called 'Down's oldest club' have changed their traditional sky blue colours.

I have often wondered why they changed colour myself.. is it an OíNeillís thing or committee thing??

Kilcoo just do what they do - get the job done. Half back line looked lively going forward and up front Laverty talking everyone through the game - still hate the way he dives though - after 18 odd years playing senior footy - fuckin wise up.. Not so sure the bridge ďplanĒ was so good - but kilcoo worked it out and negated their key men. Quinn hit 5 points in first half - starve supply into him - problem sorted.. Annett was very poor today IMO - was looking forward to him getting at kilcoo with his free flowing game but saw nothing.. Thought the ref was lenient on a few occasions when they shud have been black card decisions - took the easy way out with yellow.
Clonduff were very good tonight - pace, power, height, decision making - all in their favour..

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 18, 2021, 10:26:18 PM »
3 division two clubs through in the winners section.. This would be some season if it was an actual championship instead of a back door gate receipts oneÖ

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 16, 2021, 09:59:24 PM »
Well that was a shamblesÖ inept, no ideas, out fought, out thought and thatís just the management.. missing players - yes - but getting v beat by a division 2 team (2022) is a farce and serious questions need asked of management.. to make matters worse - having a Longstone man on the management - surely he knew what matchups to make etc.. ffs football is frustrating..

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