Advertisement
If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Hello All, This is just a friendly reminder to read the Forum Charter where you wish to post before posting in it. :)

The Irish Game

11718192123

Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,880 ✭✭✭ Guffy


    Schedules to be officially released tomorrow or monday. Excited much?

    Anyone know why the vipers refused to join the SBC? Seems a strange one to me, unless the thought of it sent a lot of lads back to tyrone?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,741 ✭✭✭ raze_them_all_


    Guffy wrote: »
    Schedules to be officially released tomorrow or monday. Excited much?

    Anyone know why the vipers refused to join the SBC? Seems a strange one to me, unless the thought of it sent a lot of lads back to tyrone?

    no the tyrone lads still there


  • Registered Users Posts: 393 ✭✭ IP freely


    Guffy wrote: »
    Schedules to be officially released tomorrow or monday. Excited much?

    Anyone know why the vipers refused to join the SBC? Seems a strange one to me, unless the thought of it sent a lot of lads back to tyrone?

    The Vipers didn't refuse to go up they were invited up (without winning promotion) by the league an invite they thought about, initially accepted but then before the deadline declined.

    There's lots a factors as to why, things like there home ground got severely flooded at the tail end of last year, a good lot of gear with it, when it dried up (5 weeks later) Japanese knotwood was found meaning it might never by playable again.

    Going up would be at the detriment of the team, with all that was going on postseason. Better to stay put and try and earn promotion over the next few seasons than go up underprepaired.

    Oh and there were rumours after the AGM that Vipers can't field a team, rest assured that this never has been the case and hopefully never will be. It won't be the 45 / 50 squad of last 2016, but a long way off not fielding a team.

    :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭✭ GuiltyAir


    Jaysus, didn't knot about this.


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    eet fuk wrote: »
    Thinking of heading out for the Cill Dara Crusaders rookie day tomorrow. Anyone here involved with the team? Anyone know what I could expect?

    For some reason my posts won’t go through on the Facebook page so I’m just asking here on the off chance anyone has done something similar recently!

    Hi,

    Only thought to check the boards here and saw your post!
    Just to let you know we have relocated to the Naas Sports Centre.

    if you have any questions about the team i'll do my best to answer

    Rob (Secretary for Cill Dara Crusaders)


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ Paladonia


    Been tempted to tryout for one of the local teams for a couple of years now but always been put off by having never played the sport, and not being particularly big (5'11", 82kg).

    I am fairly fit - I go to the gym and have played other sports previously, and have a good knowledge of the sport from watching it for years.

    Anyone have similar experiences or advice?


  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Colohall


    Paladonia wrote: »
    Been tempted to tryout for one of the local teams for a couple of years now but always been put off by having never played the sport, and not being particularly big (5'11", 82kg).

    I am fairly fit - I go to the gym and have played other sports previously, and have a good knowledge of the sport from watching it for years.

    Anyone have similar experiences or advice?

    All I would say is to do it. Don't worry about lack of experience, most guys in this league came in with no experience.

    And don't worry about the size either. There are positions for all shapes and sizes. I'm only 5'5" and 75kg and have played 5 years


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,336 ✭✭✭ conor222


    Paladonia wrote: »
    Been tempted to tryout for one of the local teams for a couple of years now but always been put off by having never played the sport, and not being particularly big (5'11", 82kg).

    I am fairly fit - I go to the gym and have played other sports previously, and have a good knowledge of the sport from watching it for years.

    Anyone have similar experiences or advice?

    Just swing out and give it a go, I played over in the UK for a few years at a very similar size to you 5'10 and 82-85kg. Are you quick? I really enjoyed CB and S but we played all over once injuries came in (including a very eventful series with me as DE :pac::pac::pac:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ Paladonia


    conor222 wrote: »
    Just swing out and give it a go, I played over in the UK for a few years at a very similar size to you 5'10 and 82-85kg. Are you quick? I really enjoyed CB and S but we played all over once injuries came in (including a very eventful series with me as DE :pac::pac::pac:)

    I was thinking CB or maybe a slot receiver. I wouldn't say I'm quick but I'm not slow either.

    Thanks for the replies so far. Plenty more time to weigh up my options before next season rolls around anyway.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Colohall


    Paladonia wrote: »
    I was thinking CB or maybe a slot receiver. I wouldn't say I'm quick but I'm not slow either.

    Thanks for the replies so far. Plenty more time to weigh up my options before next season rolls around anyway.

    Keep an eye out for teams running Rookie Days. Most, if not all, teams run them and are a very good way to get introduced to playing


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    Paladonia wrote: »
    Been tempted to tryout for one of the local teams for a couple of years now but always been put off by having never played the sport, and not being particularly big (5'11", 82kg).

    I am fairly fit - I go to the gym and have played other sports previously, and have a good knowledge of the sport from watching it for years.

    Anyone have similar experiences or advice?

    I came in two years ago 6ft and 70Kg

    theres a position for most builds and i'd no experience, just went in for the craic more than anything else, I haven't looked back since.

    Well worth picking up. where are you based?


  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ Paladonia


    RTighe wrote: »
    I came in two years ago 6ft and 70Kg

    theres a position for most builds and i'd no experience, just went in for the craic more than anything else, I haven't looked back since.

    Well worth picking up. where are you based?

    North Kildare so I was thinking maybe the team based in Westmanstown.


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    Paladonia wrote: »
    North Kildare so I was thinking maybe the team based in Westmanstown.

    Panthers!

    good bunch of lads, lot of experience there, We're in Naas ourselves.

    But definitely stick your head into a club, they're always looking for new players and to be honest, the craic and the fun is brilliant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Colohall


    Paladonia wrote: »
    North Kildare so I was thinking maybe the team based in Westmanstown.

    The 2 Kildare teams have merged and are based in Naas. Sound bunch of lads, and could do with more bodies so good landing spot for someone starting out


  • Registered Users Posts: 152 ✭✭ Paladonia


    Thanks lads.

    Is there much travelling involved for games? I see that there are teams from Belfast, Limerick, etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    Paladonia wrote: »
    Thanks lads.

    Is there much travelling involved for games? I see that there are teams from Belfast, Limerick, etc.

    Depends on the group you're in,

    we had to visit galway, (warriors) Meath (bulldogs), westmanstown (minotaurs) and portadown (Craigavon cowboys).

    but we also hosted vipers (Donegal / Derry) Rhinos (dublin) Pirates (dublin) Eagles (Wexford)

    so you will be travelling regardless, it depends if the club will front for a bus or if you can carpool.

    we did both, carpooled for meath and westmantown, and bus for portadown and galway

    all the best

    Rob


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    Colohall wrote: »
    The 2 Kildare teams have merged and are based in Naas. Sound bunch of lads, and could do with more bodies so good landing spot for someone starting out

    We need all the bodies we can get!


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭ ThunbergsAreGo


    Are there any underage (u-16)teams ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,880 ✭✭✭ Guffy


    naughtb4 wrote: »
    Are there any underage (u-16)teams ?

    No. The youth system atm is for 16-19 year olds.

    Id imagine we are quite a long way from an u16 league


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭ ThunbergsAreGo


    Guffy wrote: »
    No. The youth system atm is for 16-19 year olds.

    Id imagine we are quite a long way from an u16 league

    Cheers new neighbours kid used to play in Spain, said I'd ask


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 1,332 ✭✭✭ Always Be Closing


    Hi guys

    Extremely interested in training, learning and hopefully playing with a team in Dublin - I'm totally open minded, going into this as a complete novice but will be 100% dedicated and committed. 31, 6'2, 184lbs.

    Is there any way you can assist me or point me in the right direction? When does the Irish league traditionally start? I'm currently living in Smithfield/City Centre but willing to travel anywhere.

    Like I said, I have zero experience but willing to learn!

    Any info greatly appreciated


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,661 ✭✭✭✭ OldMrBrennan83


    Hi guys

    Extremely interested in training, learning and hopefully playing with a team in Dublin - I'm totally open minded, going into this as a complete novice but will be 100% dedicated and committed. 31, 6'2, 184lbs.

    Is there any way you can assist me or point me in the right direction? When does the Irish league traditionally start? I'm currently living in Smithfield/City Centre but willing to travel anywhere.

    Like I said, I have zero experience but willing to learn!

    Any info greatly appreciated

    It's just finished a few weeks ago but take a look at www.americanfootball.ie and you'll get a jist of the schedule and links to teams. Well worth doing, played for years for a few teams myself and it's great craic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,677 ✭✭✭ Aenaes


    There's two conferences, Shamrock Bowl Conference and IAFL1 Conference. The Shamrock Bowl is the upper tier conference.

    Last season, the SBC started in early March and the IAFL1 started in early April. You're picking the perfect time to start as most teams will be just starting their pre-season training soon regardless of which conference they're in.

    In the SBC, there is UCD and Trinity College (although I think you have to be one of their students to join), Dublin Rebels, South Dublin Panthers and the newly promoted West Dublin Rhinos.

    In IAFL1, there is the North Dublin Pirates.

    I think all teams have open Facebook pages so you can see contact details and where they're located. There's also the IAFL website: americanfootball.ie


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,632 ✭✭✭ Big Pussy Bonpensiero


    Hi guys

    Extremely interested in training, learning and hopefully playing with a team in Dublin - I'm totally open minded, going into this as a complete novice but will be 100% dedicated and committed. 31, 6'2, 184lbs.

    Is there any way you can assist me or point me in the right direction? When does the Irish league traditionally start? I'm currently living in Smithfield/City Centre but willing to travel anywhere.

    Like I said, I have zero experience but willing to learn!

    Any info greatly appreciated

    South Dublin Panthers are very good for beginners. They are a growing club and take on quite a few rookies every year. They are extremely friendly and go out of the way to make sure rookies are catered for, not to mention they provide pads and helmets for rookies also, which saves you the expense of buying them just to see if you like it! They're also building a strong squad and it won't be long before they're challenging for titles. They ran the eventual winners this year (Cork) the closest - lost in double OT down in Cork. They also beat them down in Cork in the regular season.
    They train out of Westmanstown though, but there's always 1 or 2 driving out from the city if you need a lift.

    Trinity have folded btw, so they no longer have a team.

    Whatever you do, just don't join the Rebels :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,332 ✭✭✭ Always Be Closing


    Hi guys

    Extremely interested in training, learning and hopefully playing with a team in Dublin - I'm totally open minded, going into this as a complete novice but will be 100% dedicated and committed. 31, 6'2, 184lbs.

    Is there any way you can assist me or point me in the right direction? When does the Irish league traditionally start? I'm currently living in Smithfield/City Centre but willing to travel anywhere.

    Like I said, I have zero experience but willing to learn!

    Any info greatly appreciated

    South Dublin Panthers are very good for beginners. They are a growing club and take on quite a few rookies every year. They are extremely friendly and go out of the way to make sure rookies are catered for, not to mention they provide pads and helmets for rookies also, which saves you the expense of buying them just to see if you like it! They're also building a strong squad and it won't be long before they're challenging for titles. They ran the eventual winners this year (Cork) the closest - lost in double OT down in Cork. They also beat them down in Cork in the regular season.
    They train out of Westmanstown though, but there's always 1 or 2 driving out from the city if you need a lift.

    Trinity have folded btw, so they no longer have a team.

    Whatever you do, just don't join the Rebels :pac:

    Thanks for writing all that mate, really informative and answered a lot of questions I had :)

    I think it’s a choice between the Panthers and the Pirates from what I’ve read on here :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭ RTighe


    South Dublin Panthers are very good for beginners. They are a growing club and take on quite a few rookies every year. They are extremely friendly and go out of the way to make sure rookies are catered for, not to mention they provide pads and helmets for rookies also, which saves you the expense of buying them just to see if you like it! They're also building a strong squad and it won't be long before they're challenging for titles. They ran the eventual winners this year (Cork) the closest - lost in double OT down in Cork. They also beat them down in Cork in the regular season.
    They train out of Westmanstown though, but there's always 1 or 2 driving out from the city if you need a lift.

    Trinity have folded btw, so they no longer have a team.

    Whatever you do, just don't join the Rebels :pac:


    Sshhh….on the Rebels!!

    Second the panthers though! solid bunch of lads


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,632 ✭✭✭ Big Pussy Bonpensiero


    Thanks for writing all that mate, really informative and answered a lot of questions I had :)

    I think it’s a choice between the Panthers and the Pirates from what I’ve read on here :)

    Just fyi there is a massive gulf in standard between Shamrock Bowl and IAFL 1. Shamrock Bowl isn't exactly a high standard or anything but teams are a lot more structured and organised.
    IAFL 1 is very casual. It might suit you better but if you're even halfway decent I'd strongly encourage you to try out for a Shamrock Bowl team. You could always try a few training sessions with a Shamrock bowl team and drop down then if you want something more casual.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,661 ✭✭✭✭ OldMrBrennan83


    Hi guys

    Extremely interested in training, learning and hopefully playing with a team in Dublin - I'm totally open minded, going into this as a complete novice but will be 100% dedicated and committed. 31, 6'2, 184lbs.

    Is there any way you can assist me or point me in the right direction? When does the Irish league traditionally start? I'm currently living in Smithfield/City Centre but willing to travel anywhere.

    Like I said, I have zero experience but willing to learn!

    Any info greatly appreciated

    If you want to get a look at what things are like too, there's a game between Ireland (the second team I believe) and Belgium on the 20th of October in Navan Rugby Union Club.

    https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/international-wolfhounds-vs-barbarians-tickets-49660948233


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,332 ✭✭✭ Always Be Closing


    Got rookie trials with the North Dublin Pirates on the 21st

    Absolutely buzzing for it


  • Advertisement
  • Registered Users Posts: 6,741 ✭✭✭ raze_them_all_


    Got rookie trials with the North Dublin Pirates on the 21st

    Absolutely buzzing for it

    Probably the best scenery of a pitch in the country, pitch is hard as **** though


Advertisement