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Club Championships 2018-19

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    Today was €15 / €10 for students and OAPs. Senior game was a decent game. Intermediate not so much!

    Sounded it. Was listening on GCS while watching the Dublin final. Intermediate must have been woeful.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,283 ✭✭✭megadodge


    The Roscommon Senior & Minor finals were €15.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,283 ✭✭✭megadodge


    From watching the Roscommon county final- it seems like that there’s a quota of chubby lads that each team is required to play

    Genuine question - what players are you referring to?

    I was at the match and watched it again on TG4 player and I am struggling to figure out who you're talking about.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,893 ✭✭✭Poor_old_gill


    megadodge wrote: »
    Genuine question - what players are you referring to?

    I was at the match and watched it again on TG4 player and I am struggling to figure out who you're talking about.

    For Brigid’s- at least: the lads that were sent off and that keeper. That’s at a minimum!

    Conditioning was at a poor level even for a club team


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83




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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,384 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hammer Archer


    Dunboyne won their third Meath SFC title yeasterday beating Summerhill 1-11 to 0-09. It was nip and tuck for the entire game and it was 9 points apiece with 10 minutes left. But Stuart Lowndes' goal settled the game.
    Ex-Meath goalkeeper David Gallagher has now won three Keegan Cups, one in each of the last three decades (1998, 2005 and 2018).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,930 ✭✭✭jr86


    Patww79 wrote: »

    Not great but I have heard plenty of cases of it happening in the men's game too, a few examples being Claregalway in the Galway intermediate football championship last year played their Connacht semi the day after the Galway final, Ahascragh v ballyhaunis a few years back in Connacht hurling was a day after their county final also. Think it happened Cratloe a few years back too in senior

    The first score in extra time thing seemed bizarre though


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,102 ✭✭✭✭Mushy


    Patww79 wrote: »

    Sure look at what's happening in Wicklow now. SFC a draw so replay could be day before SHC, with dual players, or day before Leinster game.

    Then IHC final is day after the Leinster game


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,665 ✭✭✭Bonniedog


    Mushy wrote: »
    Sure look at what's happening in Wicklow now. SFC a draw so replay could be day before SHC, with dual players, or day before Leinster game.

    Then IHC final is day after the Leinster game


    So much for the truncated inter county championship freeing up time for clubs!

    Not slagging Wicklow as they are not unique, but their inter county involvement ended months ago. There is no excuse for dual players like Glynn being put into this ridiculous situation.


    Limerick camogie example is just farcical. They didn't have an inter county intermediate team and both their seniors and minors failed to win a game and were both finished in June. Their junior inter county team was gone by August.


    Would love to hear county board excuse for that mess!


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,384 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hammer Archer


    Wexford SFC finished a draw: 2-11 apiece. Very enjoyable, end-to-end football throughout.

    Shels looked dead and buried when their full-back was given a second yellow card in bizarre circumstances, and Niall Hughes finished off a poor kickout to make it 2-11 to 2-8 with ten minutes to go. But Shels recovered with the last three points, including a ridiculous effort by Simon Donohoe about two metres in from the byline (only he knows whether it was deliberate or not).

    Matty Forde was the top scorer with 1-6, with a couple outrageous points from play and a goal in the first half. Hughes got 1-3 from midfield. Simon Donohoe was in inspired form himself with 1-4. Replay is next Saturday in Wexford Park. Shelmaliers seem to have the better fitness levels so may well recover better in the six-day turnaround.

    It's a great opportunity for the Wexford County Board to indulge in some nice PR by either having a special ticket valid for both senior finals next weekend (the hurling is on Sunday), or certainly a reduced rate for the replay. But I just know that common sense won't prevail and it will be €20 entrance each day. Costly weekend for the neutral that wants to attend all finals.
    Jaysus!
    Some very impressive points from play from both sides in that game.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,008 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    https://wexfordweekly.com/2018/10/15/video-evidence-dunbar-should-be-allowed-play-county-final/

    This is the big talking point in Wexford ahead of the weekend's senior hurling final. Personally, I don't see how it warranted a red card, but at the same time it may set a dangerous precedent if his suspension is overturned. Of course, conspiracy abounds, with the linesman involved formerly of Oylegate, and retaining strong connections with the area as his son is seemingly joining the club next year.

    The appeal has gone to Leinster Council as it stands. What is clear, is he will be a huge loss for Gorey if the ban is withheld- they simply don't have the depth on the bench.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    Mushy wrote: »
    Sure look at what's happening in Wicklow now. SFC a draw so replay could be day before SHC, with dual players, or day before Leinster game.

    Then IHC final is day after the Leinster game

    And yet there they are accommodating Rathnew because they have a few players playing for a completely different club in the hurling final too. A year after making Eire Óg Greystones play a game in both codes the same weekend.

    The main problem here is that Leinster don't bend over to look after Rathnew like the Wicklow county board do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,008 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    No less than seven county finals, including the two senior and two intermediate, down for decision in Wexford this weekend.

    St.Martin's and Naomh Eanna Gorey contest the senior hurling final on Sunday. I have stressed my belief elsewhere that Gorey don't have the strength in depth to match St.Martin's so will need career-best displays from a host of players to pull off the shock. All the focus has been on Cathal Dunbar's red card in the semi-final and the subsequent appeal, and it has taken the shine off what has been a breakthrough year for Naomh Eanna as they are playing in their first ever final at this level. His transfer seems to have drawn the most ire from neutrals, although at this stage it's easier to name clubs that haven't had an import of some description.

    They have young players as good as anyone else in the county (Eoin Molloy, Jack Cullen, Aodhan Doyle and Charlie McGuckin have flourished as the season has gone on), but St.Martin's are the standard-bearers, even if there are fitness doubts surrounding a couple of starters. I forecast an open game with plenty of exhibition scoring, but see Martin's winning by about 3-4 points to claim back-to-back titles for the first time in their history. Incidentally, either Buffers Alley, Oulart the Ballagh or Rathnure have won 41 of the championships since 1968, but only two of the last five regardless of the winner here. Furthermore, the Alley's last came in 1992, while it's ten years since Rathnure last won, so we are going through a changing of the guard so to speak.

    As regards to the senior football replay on Saturday evening, I feel there is a higher ceiling for improvement in Shelmaliers than in Kilanerin. Shels finished the original fixture stronger, and didn't have any bodies strewn on the floor with cramp. Kilanerin didn't score for the last ten minutes plus injury-time despite playing with an extra man, and were only ahead in the first place when a misplaced kick-out was seized upon by Matty and finished to the net by Niall Hughes. Without stating the obvious too much, if either Hughes (1-3) or Simon Donohoe (1-4) match their scoring feats from the first day, their respective side will win. But I think Shelmaliers forwards have more in them to show, and tip them to get the job done eventually. Oddly enough, their first ever hurling title triumph in 2014 also came after a replay.

    A strange quirk in the two intermediate finals is that neither of the four finalists played in the grade last year. Horeswood (football) and Cloughbawn (hurling) were relegated from senior last year, while Crossabeg Ballymurn (football) and Fethard (hurling) won the Intermediate A championships. Horeswood and Cloughbawn are the favourites in the respective codes, but the challengers are vibrant, young teams confident of causing a stir. Fethard lost the All Ireland junior hurling final after extra-time in March and go in knowing that the weight of expectation will be on Cloughbawn to make an immediate return to the top table. Horeswood have called back a few veterans (including London manager Ciaran Deely) to bring experience to a couple of the younger lads, but were made work in their semi-final against St.Mary's Rosslare. In contrast, Crossabeg were comfortable winners against HWH Bunclody, who brought senior finalists Kilanerin to extra-time in last year's intermediate county final. The favourites should still win, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there is a shock in both.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,953 ✭✭✭Sheep breeder


    Patww79 wrote: »
    And yet there they are accommodating Rathnew because they have a few players playing for a completely different club in the hurling final too. A year after making Eire Óg Greystones play a game in both codes the same weekend.

    The main problem here is that Leinster don't bend over to look after Rathnew like the Wicklow county board do.

    Little bit off the mark there, the problem is the county board have messed up as usual with the fixtures. The hurling final has taken weeks to get this far and to ask dual players to play on the one day is crazy. The football final has two teams 2 miles apart competing in the final and the power is in the east of the county, but don’t let that blinker your view on Rathnew who have been good servants to wicklow football and saint pats are the same supplying players not like a lot of the west who won’t play the east to make a go of the county team.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,008 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    My prediction of a Shelmaliers win came true anyway, although a lot more emphatically than anyone could have envisioned. 4-14 to 1-7 it finished up, with Matty Forde burying a late sympathetic penalty, and Shels pointing one themselves from the second-last kick of the game. Shels cut them open time and time again, and were very impressive. Then again, I have had my reservations about the strength of Kilanerin's defence for a while now, and they were cruelly exposed this time.

    One would have to question whether Kilanerin learned from the first day at all though. Simon Donohoe kicked 1-4 from wing-back in the drawn game, so surely to god the message was not to let him get on the ball and drive forward early on? Yet he popped up unmarked to plant an early goal after only a minute. Conversely, Matty was kept under wraps (although he was given very little supply), and Niall Hughes, scorer of 1-3 from midfield the last day, was outshone by Eoghan Nolan.

    Shels were earmarked early on in the year as potential champions, and gradually improved as the season progressed and are richly deserving of their first ever senior football title.


  • Registered Users Posts: 736 ✭✭✭TCM


    A strange quirk in the two intermediate finals is that neither of the four finalists played in the grade last year. Horeswood (football) and Cloughbawn (hurling) were relegated from senior last year, while Crossabeg Ballymurn (football) and Fethard (hurling) won the Intermediate A championships. Horeswood and Cloughbawn are the favourites in the respective codes, but the challengers are vibrant, young teams confident of causing a stir. Fethard lost the All Ireland junior hurling final after extra-time in March and go in knowing that the weight of expectation will be on Cloughbawn to make an immediate return to the top table. Horeswood have called back a few veterans (including London manager Ciaran Deely) to bring experience to a couple of the younger lads, but were made work in their semi-final against St.Mary's Rosslare. In contrast, Crossabeg were comfortable winners against HWH Bunclody, who brought senior finalists Kilanerin to extra-time in last year's intermediate county final. The favourites should still win, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if there is a shock in both.


    Do you u ever get out?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,008 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    TCM wrote: »
    Do you u ever get out?

    According to the GF, not near enough!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    Even for a county I strongly dislike, I enjoy the write ups :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,239 ✭✭✭Redsoxfan


    Kinda strange that replays in Longford and Wexford were won by such large margins. Hard to believe so much can change in a week. Not saying it is dodgy, just more curious than anything.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    Glenealy walked the Wicklow SHC final 4-12 to 1-10. Hopefully they've better luck in the Leinster IHC this year.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    Little bit off the mark there, the problem is the county board have messed up as usual with the fixtures. The hurling final has taken weeks to get this far and to ask dual players to play on the one day is crazy. The football final has two teams 2 miles apart competing in the final and the power is in the east of the county, but don’t let that blinker your view on Rathnew who have been good servants to wicklow football and saint pats are the same supplying players not like a lot of the west who won’t play the east to make a go of the county team.

    It is crazy, but it's only other clubs that are expected to do it apparently.

    As for the county team nobody really cares. Jesus, even the senior manager didn't bother his hole going to the county football final.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,074 ✭✭✭LoughNeagh2017


    In the Antrim football final Cargin beat Creggan 5 points to 4 points, it was 2-2 at half time.

    Creggan hadn't been in the final since the 70s and last won in the 50s I think.

    They are neighbours, you could walk from one pitch to the other


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,051 ✭✭✭TheRiverman


    In the Antrim football final Cargin beat Creggan 5 points to 4 points, it was 2-2 at half time.

    Creggan hadn't been in the final since the 70s and last won in the 50s I think.

    They are neighbours, you could walk from one pitch to the other

    Sounds like a thriller :rolleyes::rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,517 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how


    Entertaining hurling final in Clare today.
    Ballyea coming from 5 down to win by 6. Were gifted a goal after a mix-up with a Cratloe puckout.
    Cratloe apparently were playing today for the 12th week in a row between hurling and football. It looked like it for the last 20 minutes. Ballyea steamrolled them.

    Lovely piece of skill from Tony Kelly in getting a point in the first half. He apparently described it afterwards as the best win of his career. Possibly heat of the moment comment but certainly looked well deserved and impressive.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,008 ✭✭✭✭castletownman


    History made in Wexford as Naomh Eanna in their first ever senior hurling crown with a 2-11 to 0-13 victory over holders and favourites St.Martin's.

    Not a classic by any means but still entertaining in its own way. Conor Mac will gain some the plaudits with 2-1, his second goal coming eight minutes from time to essentially seal the deal. Cathal Dunbar ran St.Martin's ragged in the first half, and finished with 0-4, including their last point. His overturned suspension was worth the distraction of an appeal after all. Collectively, Gorey's backs were outstanding, especially in the last ten minutes when they seemed to catch every ball that came their way. Wing-back Jack Cullen was my MOTM, but the award was officially given to Eoin Molloy at corner-back- those lads are just 18/19 and are set for a bright future. Special mention to Charlie McGuckin (son of Offaly All-Ireland winner Shane) though who I thought swept up a mountain of ball around the middle.

    St.Martin's seemed to approach the game with a laissez-faire attitude, and have generally exuded an arrogant demenour over the last couple of years. Patrick O'Connor is usually one of the most under-rated backs in the county, but got cleaned out today, while their midfield wasn't as vibrant as usual. They also missed at least four placed-balls that they usually convert, and must have hit more wides today than they have all championship. A tame enough way to relinquish their crown.

    Full credit to Gorey though. It is hard not to get swept up in the emotion on the pitch afterwards. They are the first town team since Faythe Harriers in 2001 to have won the title, and it is surely a huge fillip to the game in the wider community. St.Martin's seem to get all the praise for their underage structures and success, but at least they had a tradition to work off. There was hardly even a club in Gorey town half a century ago, and this was their first ever senior county final appearance, so they deserve the spoils now after a decade of hard work at developmental level.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,665 ✭✭✭Bonniedog


    In the Antrim football final Cargin beat Creggan 5 points to 4 points, it was 2-2 at half time.

    Creggan hadn't been in the final since the 70s and last won in the 50s I think.

    They are neighbours, you could walk from one pitch to the other


    Wait until the new rules come in. My money be on a 0 - 1 to 0 - 1 draw :)


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,758 Mod ✭✭✭✭Say Your Number


    Seeing how County finals are being played roughly around the same time as last year, has bringing the Inter-County season forward a few weeks made a blind bit of difference.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,023 ✭✭✭zetecescort


    Seeing how County finals are being played roughly around the same time as last year, has bringing the Inter-County season forward a few weeks made a blind bit of difference.

    The problem is they never moved the provincial club games. No point having your county championship finished in September or whatever if the provincials dont start till the end of October. Wont change until they bite the bullet and move the All Ireland finals from St Patricks day to before Christmas


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,665 ✭✭✭Bonniedog


    Seeing how County finals are being played roughly around the same time as last year, has bringing the Inter-County season forward a few weeks made a blind bit of difference.

    Just talking about that after the Dublin final. Same old, same old and it can't be blamed on county teams.

    This all started with clubs in most counties inventing reasons for not playing senior championship in April despite there being no inter county league. Curiously worst offenders were teams already out of contention in league. Some of them were also out of championship in June and are still making a hames of the whole thing.

    Now, we are back into the same routine of needless fixture clashes and county champions potentially missing out on provincial competition.

    Of course some will still blame, Cody, Mick Ryan, Harte, Gavin, Kingston and so on and so forth.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


    A nice one I seen earlier from the Wicklow IHC final. Not bad going.

    https://twitter.com/BillHillWicklow/status/1053995350380417025


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