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Club Championships 2018-19

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,028 ✭✭✭blowitupref


    For a low scoring club game played in December i have to say i enjoyed that competitive Leinster final today.

    Well done to Mullinalaghta. Its wasn't a total out of the blue type win as this team has won 3 in a row county titles and have number of good county players across the spine of their team.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,050 ✭✭✭✭The Talking Bread


    For a low scoring club game played in December i have to say i enjoyed that competitive Leinster final today.

    Well done to Mullinalaghta. Its wasn't a total out of the blue type win as this team has won 3 in a row county titles and have number of good county players across the spine of their team.

    Ah, if you had said they have a chance to win a Leinster at the start of the Championship you would be rightly smirked at!

    People mention Caltra but Caltra had the excellent Meehans at the time at their peak. Saying that, An Gaeltacht had a third of the Kerry senior team in their ranks at the time also!


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


    Caltra isn't the best example. The village of Caltra is small yes, but they also pick from neighbouring villages, such as Ahascragh and Fohenagh. They would also have gotten a few from Ballymacward over the years

    Kiltormer are a much better example in Galway. Won an all Ireland hurling in 92. Tiny parish surrounded by a plethora of other hurling clubs. Can no longer field at underage so had to amalgamate with Mullagh


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,304 ✭✭✭megadodge


    jr86 wrote: »
    Caltra isn't the best example. The village of Caltra is small yes, but they also pick from neighbouring villages, such as Ahascragh and Fohenagh. They would also have gotten a few from Ballymacward over the years

    Kiltormer are a much better example in Galway. Won an all Ireland hurling in 92. Tiny parish surrounded by a plethora of other hurling clubs. Can no longer field at underage so had to amalgamate with Mullagh

    I think Caltra is a very good example.

    I'm open to correction here, but as far as I know Caltra is only a half-parish with Ahascragh which is very hurling oriented. They have a small pick and the year they won the All-Ireland was on foot of the only County senior title they have ever won.

    I went to school with two of the Meehans so I always kept an eye on Caltra and I remember when they won the County INTERMEDIATE title sometime in the mid to late 1990s I thought that was a marvellous achievement for such a small club, which ought to give some perspective on how big winning an All-Ireland Senior title was a few years later.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,050 ✭✭✭✭The Talking Bread


    Whoever owns that Keoghs bar in Mullinalaghta is going to make a serious mint tonight!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,646 ✭✭✭washman3


    An absolutely outstanding achievement by the Longford men,especially in this day and age when everything seems to be in favour of the big clubs.
    For me,they should be the automatic choice for Ireland's team of the year.
    Unfortunately,that title seems to be reserved for our rugby brethren, the darlings of the D4 media.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,332 ✭✭✭✭Utopia Parkway


    megadodge wrote: »
    I think Caltra is a very good example.

    I'm open to correction here, but as far as I know Caltra is only a half-parish with Ahascragh which is very hurling oriented. They have a small pick and the year they won the All-Ireland was on foot of the only County senior title they have ever won.

    I went to school with two of the Meehans so I always kept an eye on Caltra and I remember when they won the County INTERMEDIATE title sometime in the mid to late 1990s I thought that was a marvellous achievement for such a small club, which ought to give some perspective on how big winning an All-Ireland Senior title was a few years later.

    You're correct. Caltra is a half parish of Ahascragh and Ahascragh itself is purely hurling oriented.


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


    megadodge wrote: »
    I think Caltra is a very good example.

    I'm open to correction here, but as far as I know Caltra is only a half-parish with Ahascragh which is very hurling oriented. They have a small pick and the year they won the All-Ireland was on foot of the only County senior title they have ever won.

    I went to school with two of the Meehans so I always kept an eye on Caltra and I remember when they won the County INTERMEDIATE title sometime in the mid to late 1990s I thought that was a marvellous achievement for such a small club, which ought to give some perspective on how big winning an All-Ireland Senior title was a few years later.

    But the geographical spread they can pick from in theory spreads beyond Caltra itself and out into bits of castleblakeney, Fohenagh, Ballymacward. I've never heard of Caltra struggling to field a team and they've had decent underage success at times

    Kiltormer meanwhile have a tiny pocket to choose from (as their neighbouring areas are all hurling clubs) and were relegated only 3/4 years after winning the AI. I remember Justin Campbell saying it was a one in a lifetime occurrence that they happened to get a bare 15 of class hurlers together. Until they had to amalgamate underage to survive you'd very rarely see them playing above C level the past few years


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,813 ✭✭✭CrabRevolution


    Fair play to St. Columbas! There was a lot of crying in Meath about how Dunboyne, one of the biggest clubs in the most densely populated part of Meath never stood a chance against Crokes and that we all may give up because of these Dublin superclubs. Didn't seem to faze the Longford men.

    As an aside-Someday someone will come up with an equation which displays the ratio of the success of a team, to how small the parish is, to how much the low population is mentioned. Mullinalaghta seems to get smaller and smaller every time I've read a match report. By the time the All Ireland final comes around they probably won't have a big enough population to field a team.


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    They need to split Mullinaghta in two.........oh wait!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,636 ✭✭✭feargale


    washman3 wrote: »
    An absolutely outstanding achievement by the Longford men,especially in this day and age when everything seems to be in favour of the big clubs.
    For me,they should be the automatic choice for Ireland's team of the year.
    Unfortunately,that title seems to be reserved for our rugby brethren, the darlings of the D4 media.

    The pitch will be very crowded this year when it comes to choosing the team of 2018. You have rightly mentioned Mullinalaghta. But the competition includes Dublin's four-in- a-row, Limerick hurlers, the women's under-20 athletics relay team, and yes, the Ireland rugby team. To judge by the rugby flags flying these days in places such as Loop Head and Connemara, your rugby brethren are the darlings of more than Dublin 4.
    But with the utmost respect to Mullinalaghta and the others for me the team of the year is our women's hockey team, the first Irish team to take world silver.
    The journey is not over for Mullinalaghta or the Ireland rugby team. Let's hope we are talking about both of them when it comes to picking the team of 2019.
    I will root for any team, even a tiddlywinks team, if they are wearing green jerseys.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 149 ✭✭rm75


    washman3 wrote: »
    An absolutely outstanding achievement by the Longford men,especially in this day and age when everything seems to be in favour of the big clubs.
    For me,they should be the automatic choice for Ireland's team of the year.
    Unfortunately,that title seems to be reserved for our rugby brethren, the darlings of the D4 media.

    Agree 100%


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,005 ✭✭✭EICVD


    feargale wrote: »
    The pitch will be very crowded this year when it comes to choosing the team of 2018. You have rightly mentioned Mullinalaghta. But the competition includes Dublin's four-in- a-row, Limerick hurlers, the women's under-20 athletics relay team, and yes, the Ireland rugby team. To judge by the rugby flags flying these days in places such as Loop Head and Connemara, your rugby brethren are the darlings of more than Dublin 4.
    But with the utmost respect to Mullinalaghta and the others for me the team of the year is our women's hockey team, the first Irish team to take world silver.
    The journey is not over for Mullinalaghta or the Ireland rugby team. Let's hope we are talking about both of them when it comes to picking the team of 2019.
    I will root for any team, even a tiddlywinks team, if they are wearing green jerseys.

    As many teams deserve the ‘team of the year’ this year (4 in a row champs for me) it’s a worthy discussion point, it’s a pointless conversation though when it’ll come to the awards. Saturday night will be the Rugby awards with highlights of the rest of the years sport thrown in!


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,388 ✭✭✭MfMan


    EICVD wrote: »
    As many teams deserve the ‘team of the year’ this year (4 in a row champs for me) it’s a worthy discussion point, it’s a pointless conversation though when it’ll come to the awards. Saturday night will be the Rugby awards with highlights of the rest of the years sport thrown in!

    God knows, it's about the only half-interesting category at the Sports Awards this year; struggling to think of any other notable sporting achievement for 2018.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,304 ✭✭✭megadodge


    jr86 wrote: »
    But the geographical spread they can pick from in theory spreads beyond Caltra itself and out into bits of castleblakeney, Fohenagh, Ballymacward. I've never heard of Caltra struggling to field a team and they've had decent underage success at times

    Kiltormer meanwhile have a tiny pocket to choose from (as their neighbouring areas are all hurling clubs) and were relegated only 3/4 years after winning the AI. I remember Justin Campbell saying it was a one in a lifetime occurrence that they happened to get a bare 15 of class hurlers together. Until they had to amalgamate underage to survive you'd very rarely see them playing above C level the past few years

    I'm not denying Kiltormer's was a fantastic achievement, but I was originally replying to your assertion that Caltra wasn't a good comparison to Mulinalaghta. It certainly is. And Kiltormer is also.

    Justin Campbell's assertion that it was a once in a lifetime event is correct, but it's no different than Caltra who without one particular family would probably never have won an Intermediate county title. And there are quite a few examples over the years of small clubs winning the All-Ireland and fading into relative obscurity thereafter thanks to a golden generation.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,050 ✭✭✭✭The Talking Bread


    MfMan wrote: »
    God knows, it's about the only half-interesting category at the Sports Awards this year; struggling to think of any other notable sporting achievement for 2018.

    Eh, the womens hockey team (amateurs who barely get a competitive game all year round on a sport barely recognised here and have f all funds) beating professional teams and getting to the world cup final despite being almost last (if not last seeded team)

    I'm sorry but that surpasses that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,962 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009


    2018/19 Junior and Intermediate finals

    AI Club Junior Football final- Sat 9th Feb
    Beaufort (Kerry) vs Easkey (Sligo)- Croke Park

    AI Club Intermediate Football final- Sat 9th Feb
    Kilcummin (Kerry) vs Naomh Eanna (Antrim)- Croke Park

    AI Club Junior Hurling final- Sun 10th Feb
    Castleblayney (Monaghan) vs Dunnamaggin (Kilkenny)- Croke Park

    AI Club Intermediate Hurling final- Sun 10th Feb
    Charlevile (Cork) vs Oranmore-Maree (Galway)- Croke Park

    AI Club Senior Semi finals 2018/19

    Senior Hurling semi finals
    St Thomas (Galway) vs Cushendall (Antrim)- Sat 9th Feb Parnell Park Dublin 3pm
    Ballygunner (Waterford) vs Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny)- Sat 9th Feb Semple Stadium Thurles 5pm

    Senior Football semi finals
    Corofin (Galway) vs Gweedore (Donegal)- Sat 16th Feb Carrick on Shannon 1.30pm
    Dr Crokes (Kerry) vs Mullinalaghta (Longford)- Sat 16th Feb Semple Stadium 3.30pm


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,226 ✭✭✭tanko


    What are the pitch and stands like in Carrick-on-shannon?
    Would Sligo not be a better venue for the football semi.


  • Registered Users Posts: 104 ✭✭GalwayLurker


    tanko wrote: »
    What are the pitch and stands like in Carrick-on-shannon?
    Would Sligo not be a better venue for the football semi.

    County standard, good size stand and decent pitch. I believe Sligo wasn't up for consideration because of work being done on the pitch, don't know if that's right or not, just what I heard.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,115 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey


    PTH2009 wrote: »

    Club Senior Semi finals 2018/19

    Senior Hurling semi finals
    St Thomas (Galway) vs Cushendall (Antrim)- Sat 9th Feb Parnell Park Dublin 3pm
    Ballygunner (Waterford) vs Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny)- Sat 9th Feb Semple Stadium Thurles 5pm

    Who is likely to come out of these? Anyone expecting Cushendall to get the better of At. Thomas?
    The second game looks the more interesting out of the two.

    Also, will TG4 be showing these games?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,660 ✭✭✭dr.kenneth noisewater


    Also, will TG4 be showing these games?


    TG4 showing both live


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,208 ✭✭✭✭RMAOK


    Who is likely to come out of these? Anyone expecting Cushendall to get the better of At. Thomas?
    The second game looks the more interesting out of the two.

    The last time Thomas's were at this stage, they played ballyea from Clare - they never hurled properly until well into the second half. In 2013 they played another northern team and had to go to a replay before getting over the line. That being said, Thomas's should win - watch out for fintan Burke playing at centre back, captain of the u-21's last year. He's the makings of a serious prospect for Galway imo. As well as David Burke and Conor Cooney, Thomas's have a load of lads who have played (or are currently playing) inter county. Thomas's to win by 5.

    The second match is very interesting and is hard to call, but if tj Reid isn't man marked tightly by ballygunner, then he could have a field day. Same goes for padraic Mahoney for ballygunner. Ballyhale to win by 4


  • Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 195 ✭✭GAA Beo


    TG4 are showing the hurling, why are the IFC and JFC football finals on the same time?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,646 ✭✭✭✭El Weirdo


    GAA Beo wrote: »
    TG4 are showing the hurling, why are the IFC and JFC football finals on the same time?

    Think they're only being shown online.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,072 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious


    El Weirdo wrote: »
    Think they're only being shown online.

    In previous years they have been on the AIB YouTube channel


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,962 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009


    Never thought I see a Monaghan vs Kilkenny decider in a hurling match

    AI junior Hurling club final- Castleblaney (Monaghan) vs Dunnamagin (Kilkenny)

    Massive for hurling in Monaghan


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


    PTH2009 wrote: »
    Never thought I see a Monaghan vs Kilkenny decider in a hurling match

    AI junior Hurling club final- Castleblaney (Monaghan) vs Dunnamagin (Kilkenny)

    Massive for hurling in Monaghan

    Noel Hickey still going strong at 38

    Should be a serious intermediate final too. Not too often you see two all stars over past two seasons coming up against each other at that level


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,226 ✭✭✭tanko


    jr86 wrote: »
    Noel Hickey still going strong at 38

    Should be a serious intermediate final too. Not too often you see two all stars over past two seasons coming up against each other at that level

    Who are the two all stars?


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


    Gearoid McInerney Darragh fitzgibbon


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,208 ✭✭✭✭RMAOK


    jr86 wrote: »
    Gearoid McInerney Darragh fitzgibbon

    Two former all Stars on the line as well in Ben O'Connor and Gerry McInerney.


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