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Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: June 15, 2021, 02:00:03 PM »
Might be in the wrong thread but Laois need to up the number of GDO officers in the county. Offaly I think are hoping to have over 10 soon whereas Laois have 5? Portlaoise should have at least 1 along with big areas like Port, Mountmellick and Graigue etc.

Some clubs seem to be struggling at underage level for whatever reason. For Laois to be successful its important the football strongholds of the likes of Stradbally Parish Gaels start competing in A competitions and challenging for titles. Portlaoise seem to be struggling too. Have their numbers decreased since moving their grounds outside the town? Realistically they should be producing at lesst 2 teams at underage level given their population.

A focus should be placed on schools football too. Should a Laois schools team enter in A competition along with Knockbeg?

Laois / Re: 2021 National Football League
« on: May 17, 2021, 11:56:49 AM »
I would agree with Giovanni, the work rate and tackling from the forwards was non existent. Do they do tackling drills? Evan and Donie are big men but only put a hand out and the defenders inevitably get fouled or waltz by, hard to watch. They aren't the only 2.

John and Kieran have been great servants to Laois and still have a big role to play but we badly need to some pace and power around the middle. Any suggestions? Sean Byrne maybe? I've been watching the club scene and unfortunately there doesn't look to be many alternatives which is for another day.

The next 2 games will be tough but I just hope the see the work rate increased big time, lot more movement in the forward line, quick ball and some more intensity. They are easy enough things to work on if the mindset is right.

Laois / Re: Laois Minor Football 2020
« on: December 12, 2020, 05:44:38 PM »
That's great to hear On the Hop. Big score put up and little given away too, so good day at the office. What brand of football did Bates go with? Meath will be a step up but shouldn't have anything to fear

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: December 09, 2020, 05:17:13 PM »
Have the numbers playing GAA in Portlaoise reduced since they moved grounds? Their underage record has been poor in recent years, they should have 2-3 teams competing. I think Kilmacud have 4 minor teams.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: November 21, 2020, 08:16:17 PM »
The only solution to the Leinster problem is splitting Dublin. Until the inevitable 10 All Irelands in a row, nothing will change for the forseeable

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: November 15, 2020, 07:59:02 PM »
I agree High Fielder. Unfortunately it's just the gap between Dublin and Leinster and if anything its widening. Laois spent 800k preparing country teams last year yet they are miles ahead from the top table in both codes. You wonder is it sustainable.

On the game itself I thought Timmons was very good. When he goes he'll leave a big gap at #3. We kept running into blind alleys that lead to turnovers, very frustrating. Laois could really do with a full time S&C coach that works with all teams from u14 up. The difference in pace and power is crazy especially with the younger members of the panel.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: November 11, 2020, 04:01:25 PM »
Very quiet on the football front which is understandable considering what happened on the hurling front.

On Sunday I can see Lilis come in for Lowry and maybe O'Flynn for Lacey. I'd put Piggot on Kilkenny and ask him to follow him wherever he comes. I just hope we give a good account of ourselves Sunday. Jim McGuinness made some good points re Westmeath. They had everyone behind the ball but didnt lay a hand on Dublin so hope we have a plan for both kickous. Our biggest problem is tracking runners and tackling so hopefully Quirke has them switched on for a Dublin onslaught.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 10, 2020, 11:07:20 AM »
There's obviously issues but this was not the platform for airing grievances and I'm surprised Eddie would speak so candidly to a person he wouldn't know all that well. It sounds like he has many issues and his frustration boiled over. I dont think Eddie came out of this well.

I hope Eddie sits down with the county board and iron out the differences as he has been great for Laois hurling an MBE great if they could build on the Clare game.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2020
« on: November 09, 2020, 05:38:04 PM »
Surely didnt realise it would be aired considering the language both used. Brennan doesnt come out of it well as not the best platform for airing your grievances. Wooly might have problems getting Eddie on again.

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: November 04, 2020, 09:35:27 PM »
It's very quiet on the football front. Begley back for Sunday? Hard to know how Sunday will go. They need to start with the urgency they showed in the last 10 minutes of the Fermanagh game. The lads showed great character coming back and maintaining their division 2 status. Teams of old would have dropped the head so it was great to see that battling quality. Lilis is a big loss but so too is Mickey Quinn. I'll go for a 2 point win for Laois.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: October 18, 2020, 01:32:57 PM »
For Laois to be successful they need Portlaoise to be strong but they haven't been doing well at underage for a few years now. Has their move of home grounds affected playing numbers? Hassle for kids to have to get a lift to training/matches.

I watched a good few of the club games and thought the standard wasn't great. Skill levels were poor and the S&C fron teams didnt appear to be at senior level. Do all club teams have an S&C coach? Rarely see players handpassing off both hands and kicking from both feet which should be a given at senior level

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: September 14, 2020, 07:19:46 PM »
Any new names called into the senior setup on the back of the club championship?

Laois / Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2020
« on: September 06, 2020, 09:21:23 AM »
The streaming will have teething issues and it's a new world for the commentators but think they are improving week on week so need to cut them some slack. It's great to be able to watch the games.

On the Portlaoise game, I thought Dillon was brilliant and hope he answers the phone call that will come from Quirke. Looks like it's the end of the road for the Portlaoise dominance. Bruno is a huge loss and they dont have the calibre of player coming through to match the teams of previous years. In saying that it's up to Port and the other teams to finally step up.

Ports corner backs were very good, Byrne and David Murphy were inspirational at times when needed. Port were missing some key players but be hard to drop that young Murphy lad the next day, good problem for their manager! Port will learn a lot from yesterday, they managed the Portlaoise black card very badly but first win over Portlaoise in 19 years should give them the confidence going forward

Laois / Re: Laois senior football memories
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:16:08 PM »
Apologies off topic but saw a good question of picking the best county team but you can only have 1 representative from each club. Anyone want to give it a go?

Laois / Re: OByrne Cup 2020
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:03:28 PM »
Is Quigley back?

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