Originally Posted by deisebhoy17
Right Good Friday, nothing to do... Heres how I'd pick my team for the championship: Looking it now I think Michael Ryan actually has a more balanced pool of players to pick from than Davy Fitz had last year.
Goalkeeper: Toss up between SOK and Power imo. Id like to see Power but he wasn't given enough game time in the league so Ive a feeling it will be SOK. Hope its not O'Regan though
Verdict: Stephen O'Keeffe
Fullbackline: Lawlor if fit has to start hes the nearest thing to a top fullback weve got. Hope he can grow more confident and dominant. Connors youd imagine when he returns will be shoe-in even if he has plenty of competition for himself. That leaves the other corner between Philip Mahony, Ringo and Darragh Fives how do you pick one? Im going to surprise people and go with Mahony have been very impressed with him this year for Waterford and UCC
Verdict: Connors, Lawlor, Mahony
Halfback line: The remarkable Tony Browne a shoe-in again. On current form he make any team in the country. Brick at centre back obviously and the other wing back position is up for grabs, theyve been trying sully there but I dont overly rate him there and would pick Darragh Fives. I think its his best position
Verdict: Tony, Brick, Darragh Fives
Midfield: A lot of calls for Dean Twomey but I wouldnt be so sure yet. Hes done well in the league but in the raw heat of championship I dont think hes ready for it. Takes a lot of wrong options and error prone at times. Moran and S.O'Sullivan the best partnership.
Verdict: Moran and O'Sullivan
Half forward line: Very unsettled in this line. Havent seen much of Seamus Prendergast this year but I think he has a huge part to play. An ideal centre forward for us. The other 2 positions, anyone from Molumphy and 4 or 5 youngsters and not forgetting kelly. A toss up between Maurice and Paudie
Verdict: Maurice Shan, Seamus Prendergast, Stephen Molumphy.
FF Line: Mullane obviously. Im going to take a wild punt here and say imagine Kelly in his full forward days of 08 when he played the best hurling of his career. If he continues to work hard on his fitness I think at 29 hes still young enough to turn it around. He could have a bit more to offer than Shane Walsh, who could be a brilliant impact sub. Gavin O'B in the other corner
Verdict: Mullane, Kelly, O'Brien
Jeez that was tough work! Dunno how skully and the lads are going to pick a team.... ive left out the likes of shane walsh, paudie mahony, ringo kearney ect... not forgetting lads like eoin mcgrath and jamie nagle who are highly rated by the management and will have some part to play no doubt
Think we've seen the end of Nagle. David O'Sullivan is ahead of him in the pecking order, and with Foley and Hutchison still to come back, I'd be suprised to see him in the Championship unless a lot of players start to struggle or we get a few injuries.
I'm going to suprise everybody and momentarily agree with hurler on de ditch.
While it was stupid to suggest it about Mullane (nobody should question his commitment), welcoming Eoin Kelly back in the manner in which we did disgusts me a little bit if I'm honest. While he has all the skills, I won't deny him that, and there are suggestions that he has been working really hard (I don't know either way so I guess I can't say he is or isn't), I still feel that it is grossly unfair to other players that he came straight back in. I can't understand the reception he got when he came on against Dublin, considering he effectively decided himself to not be on the panel at the start of the year.
He has a lot to do to prove he's the player he was back in 2008. Between then and now he's hardly done anything, his goal in the Munster Final in 2010 being a notable exception. I don't question his talent, but I still have to question his commitment and I think we don't question it enough. He seems to be just let do what he wants with regard to Waterford, and the fact that you'd suggest to start him only further emphasizes the point.