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Messages - Butch Cassidy

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Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: July 05, 2021, 12:45:10 PM »
I hope they go inside the county to replace Quirke. A period of transition coming with expectation lads will step away so important to bring through younger lads

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Laois / Re: The Future for Laois Football
« on: July 05, 2021, 09:49:43 AM »
Anyone have the review points from the last review? Interesting to see what actions have been completed. We seem to have these conversations every year but action is badly needed. Some points below that i believe we need to target

1) Schools football
When Knockbeg are going well, Laois minors go well. We badly need another Laois school(s) in the A championship. Maybe we should look at entering a Laois schools team. We need competitive underage teams year in year out to produce players to go on to senior football.

2) Games Development officers
For me this is a priority. We badly need more in the clubs and the schools. Portlaoise should have 1 or 2 given their population. Port/Mountmellick/Graigue should also have 1 and then clubs need to come together to get one which i believe is happening but needs to speed up.

3) Portlaoise
For me they've taken their eye off the ball. They had a serious run in the senior championship and one that we mightn't see again. When Portlaoise are going well, this filters down to Laois. They've produced some serious players for Laois over the years and will continue to do so but the well has run dry at the minute. Laois need a strong Portlaoise at all levels. They should be entering 2 teams in underage competitions given their population. Did moving the grounds out of the town impact them?

4) Football strongholds
It's a worry that there was only 1 Stradbally player on the team yesterday, none from Joes/Mountmellick/Ballyroan. Stradbally Parish Gaels used to be very competitive underage, had some great battles with Portlaoise when they had Quigley, Begley etc on it and we badly need them at the top table again. I'm just using them as an example because they are a great club, produce great players and would like to see them thriving again.

What are the playing numbers like at the clubs in the county? Laois has seen a big increase in population over the last 10 years. Are clubs seeing a similar increase?

5) Senior championship
No need for 16 teams. 12 is more than enough and then have 2 groups of 6. Having fewer teams will make the championship more competitive and will lead to a better standard of football. This will also lead to better teams playing intermediate and a better championship there too. I would also like to see area teams come together to give lads a chance to play senior championship.

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Laois / Re: 2021 Leinster Senior Football Championship
« on: July 04, 2021, 09:53:56 PM »
I think a new thread is needed for the future of the football in the county. Would love to know how many of the review points have been completed from the last review.

On the match itself, how was it so bad? Poor second halfs have been a trend. Surely can't be fitness as all teams should be fit. Discipline again let us down from an experienced player. Would love to know from anyone there what was the big difference. For me it's work rate, pace and poor tackling that lets us down time after time.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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