Carlow - Carlow v Wexford - bring out our colours

Replying To dead_as_dodos:  "I have to say I admire your optimism Blackie . I don't share it unfortunately but fair play to you and I genuinely hope you're right and i'm wrong."
It costs nothing to be positive. We have a manager who knows his football, and is Carlow through and through good coaching team and players well able to raise the game.
Do they have to be world beaters before we back their endeavours

Take a lesson from over here in UK. I follow a team in the 6th tier of English football. There will be 6000 going to see them tomorrow and they are surrounded by clubs like City, United, Everton, Liverpool etc. Carlow Followers and would be Followers need to get over themselves and be part of a drive forward not sitting back for evidence of greatness. See you there Dodo. Bring a flag and a smile

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 28/04/2017 13:29:44   1983356

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Replying To dead_as_dodos:  "I have to say I admire your optimism Blackie . I don't share it unfortunately but fair play to you and I genuinely hope you're right and i'm wrong."
I think yee could easily beat Wexford

Jack_Sparrow (Westmeath) - Posts:766 - 28/04/2017 16:20:05   1983387

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Replying To Blackbog:  "It costs nothing to be positive. We have a manager who knows his football, and is Carlow through and through good coaching team and players well able to raise the game.
Do they have to be world beaters before we back their endeavours

Take a lesson from over here in UK. I follow a team in the 6th tier of English football. There will be 6000 going to see them tomorrow and they are surrounded by clubs like City, United, Everton, Liverpool etc. Carlow Followers and would be Followers need to get over themselves and be part of a drive forward not sitting back for evidence of greatness. See you there Dodo. Bring a flag and a smile"
Trust me blackie I've been following them for many long years in both codes. I just feel we are carrying a few deadweights and they seem to get picked time after time under this management and i think they will be our undoing again. But hey I'll be there anyway with my flag and hopefully beaming at around 4.30.(-;

dead_as_dodos (Carlow) - Posts:454 - 29/04/2017 02:08:06   1983419

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just over a week to go before a really key weekend for us.
I hopefully will get to see all 3 games
Be there with those flags.
if the people in charge of the Tully's flag are on this site please let us know where you are setting up
Come on let's make a splash of colour and noise
SPREAD THE WORD - SHOW OUR COLOURS

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 09/05/2017 10:11:57   1985390

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Should be a great day... I'd settle for winning both games narrowly !

carlovia (All) - Posts:620 - 09/05/2017 15:55:43   1985500

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Replying To carlovia:  "Should be a great day... I'd settle for winning both games narrowly !"
looking forward to Sunday .
bring your flags and bodrans

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 15/05/2017 13:46:19   1986809

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Best of luck to both teams, mentors on Sunday and the hurlers on Saturday. Could be a great weekend. Make sure we turn out in force.

Ceatharlach Abú

novalis (Carlow) - Posts:162 - 18/05/2017 20:43:21   1988105

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It is definitely championship time again, do you know why? Pundits writing talking about matches involving Carlow not having a clue !! I see the online Irish Times has it that Wexford bet us in the league in DCP by 10 and they will do the same again tomorrow.... At least they got Broderick's name correct. We are well used to that sort of stuff at this point

Anyway best of luck to the lads tomorrow A great chance beckons

Bainisteoir (National) - Posts:352 - 20/05/2017 08:31:12   1988477

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Strong Team for Sunday. ......and a very strong bench..... Gannon, Lawlor, O'Neill Clarke. Looking forward to a great game. Nothing beats championship. Good luck to minors. Hope supporters turn up for 1pm

fullbach (Carlow) - Posts:186 - 20/05/2017 10:25:41   1988496

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Replying To Bainisteoir:  "It is definitely championship time again, do you know why? Pundits writing talking about matches involving Carlow not having a clue !! I see the online Irish Times has it that Wexford bet us in the league in DCP by 10 and they will do the same again tomorrow.... At least they got Broderick's name correct. We are well used to that sort of stuff at this point

Anyway best of luck to the lads tomorrow A great chance beckons"
I read that too early this morning an bainistoir, and the usual sloppy/lazy journalism immediately sprang to mind.

Have a look at the Irish Examiner on line though, where John Divilly has provided a much better effort.

Passer_By (Carlow) - Posts:401 - 20/05/2017 12:13:35   1988515

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The team is announced, the preparation is done and to say I am excited for tomorrow is an understatement. I was at nearly all our league matches this year and I genuinely think the team have now turned a corner and no matter the result I would like to say well done to everyone involved for the progress they have made in the last three seasons.
In goal you have Craig Kearney, one of the best shot stoppers I have seen in recent time. You also have Robbie Molly on the bench who is equally as good. We has always had a good tradition of great keepers in Carlow, in recent years Trevor Reilly, James Clark, 'Sausage' Brennan. In Craig and Robbie we continue the tradition and I can only imagine it was a toss of a coin.
The full back line is very strong. Chris Crowley is as good of a corner back you will find, sticky and comfortable on the ball. Shane Redmond is one of the leaders of this team and always performs when it comes to championship games. Kieran Nolan must be one of the most 'capped' players in Carlow Football history, he has been a constant on the starting 15 over the last 10 seasons at least.
The two wing backs Danny Moran and Gary Kelly are two of the most tenacious players you will come across. Both very fast and both capable of attacking as well as defending. Daniel St Ledger is in the same league as Shane Redmond. Another Leader. And I guarantee you he will be one of the first players to lay down a marker on Sunday. Watch out for a crunching shoulder from this man!
In midfield you have the two Murphy's. I won't say whole lot about Brendan as if I did I could go on all day. I will say this, on his day he is in my opinion the best midfielder in Ireland. Question is will we get this version or will we get the undisciplined version? In Sean you get a never say die attitude, he will run all day and if he gets the ball in his hands watch how fast he can move. The quickest player I have ever seen in my life and not only is he fast but he is very direct. Only knows one route and that is straight towards goal.
The half forward line is full of experience. Three physically strong players, three players who can kick huge points, three players who are very comfortable with ball in hand. Eoghan, Darragh and Alan have a huge job on Sunday both attacking wise and in defence. If they do their job right we are half way there.
I expect John Murphy to play as a third midfielder and leave Paul and Ciaran to do the damage. John Murphy like Kieran Nolan is an ever present over the last ten years. Another leader of the team. John Also has a knack for getting a crucial goal when it's needed. Ciaran is a big strong player but is also lightning fast. He also only has one route and that is straight for goal. Again Ciaran is a big game player and has a knack for saving his best game for the big day. That leaves Paul Broderick. Paul has it all, accuracy, speed, strength and heart. He is one of the best corner forwards in Ireland. Best of luck to the Wexford man who has to mark him as he will have to toughest job of the day.
The Bench is where we will win the game on Sunday. You have the likes of Sean Gannon and Conor Lawlor. Sean has arguably been Carlow's best player for the last 3 or 4 years. Conor Lawlor is arguably Carlow's best back. You also have Barry John Molly, a wealth of experience. Darragh O'Brien, James Clark, Graham Power, all game changers.
In the past we have had 15 good players but we never really had a bench. We now have options. This is the difference between an average team and a good team. We now have a good team capable of competing and getting results. Next step is going from a good team to being a great team. Let's hope we take that first step in transition Sunday with a win over our neighbours.
I'll be there wearing my colours, roaring on team, hoping for a little magic tomorrow. Fingers crossed we will all be shouting bring on the Dubs come the final whistle.
Come on Carlow!

carlowgaa44 (Carlow) - Posts:1 - 20/05/2017 12:32:21   1988517

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As an exiled Dub living on the Carlow/Wexford border I wish you well tomorrow lads. Now while I would still make the trek up to Dublin on a regular basis to watch my own club in action and of course when possible the Dubs, I try to get my weekly fix of matches be it in Wexford or Carlow over the summer especially when the wife isn't on my case.

I'd say for the first time in a few years, there is a real sense of confidence in the Carlow camp and rightly so, it's probably the first time in many years that Carlow have had most of their main men commit to the cause. Just looking deeper into the above posters comments, Carlowgaa44 as much as your optimism should be applauded, saying Paul Broderick is one of the best corner forwards in the country is ridiculous as good as he has been the past 6 months. Brendan Murphy had potential to be a great player but its fair to say he didn't fulfill it and is no more than a good inter county player and I find it strange why Gannon isn't starting? Gannon any time I've watched Carlow play seems to be their go-to-man. I think your boys will miss his energy especially around the half back or half forward line.

If O'Brien goes ahead with the two man full forward line, I feel Broderick will be starved of protection, given Wexford are no great shakes why don't Carlow just say "to hell with it" and go at them 15 on 15. Best of luck anyway gentleman and who knows we could be seeing yous in a few weeks.

MinuteMan (Dublin) - Posts:11 - 20/05/2017 14:31:38   1988546

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ok so we did not have huge colour, however great Carlow turn out and very focal support
I would say about 70% of the 3000 attendance were Carlow.
looking forward to Portlaoise but equally the playoffs
I am confident we can match and best any team in Div 3 and 4 and a few in Div 2 as well

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 23/05/2017 09:35:04   1989689

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Replying To Blackbog:  "ok so we did not have huge colour, however great Carlow turn out and very focal support
I would say about 70% of the 3000 attendance were Carlow.
looking forward to Portlaoise but equally the playoffs
I am confident we can match and best any team in Div 3 and 4 and a few in Div 2 as well"
Bold statement basing this on one championship win in Leinster in 2011.

Enjoy the victory but don't get ahead of yourselves, as long as Carlow are in Division 4 and winning the odd championship match every few years to suggest matching any Division 3 side and possibly Division 2 teams is laughable. I'm not saying this an arrogant Dub, but baby steps is fare more beneficial for counties like Carlow instead of thinking everything is brilliant after winning once match in Leinster in 6 years. You boys are certainly improving, but a bit of perspective wouldn't go astray. Unrealistic expectations often lead to disappointment.

MinuteMan (Dublin) - Posts:11 - 23/05/2017 19:18:20   1989966

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Replying To MinuteMan:  "Bold statement basing this on one championship win in Leinster in 2011.

Enjoy the victory but don't get ahead of yourselves, as long as Carlow are in Division 4 and winning the odd championship match every few years to suggest matching any Division 3 side and possibly Division 2 teams is laughable. I'm not saying this an arrogant Dub, but baby steps is fare more beneficial for counties like Carlow instead of thinking everything is brilliant after winning once match in Leinster in 6 years. You boys are certainly improving, but a bit of perspective wouldn't go astray. Unrealistic expectations often lead to disappointment."
We are all guilty sometimes for making statements based on nothing and you just have.
My statement is based on a number of factors and certainly not based on winning against Louth all those years ago.

1 This is an improving team
2 Strong management
3 Now have best players in county
4. Team made up of remants of really good minor and under 21 teams ( Dubs beat by a point and won all Ireland)
5. And some rallycskillfull newcomers


We could never be seen as being ahead of ourselves
We are a county where our team are Carlow through and through.
And finally yes you did come across quite arrogant.
We are enjoying our moment and there is more to come if we continue to focus and improve.

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 23/05/2017 21:55:35   1990025

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Replying To MinuteMan:  "Bold statement basing this on one championship win in Leinster in 2011.

Enjoy the victory but don't get ahead of yourselves, as long as Carlow are in Division 4 and winning the odd championship match every few years to suggest matching any Division 3 side and possibly Division 2 teams is laughable. I'm not saying this an arrogant Dub, but baby steps is fare more beneficial for counties like Carlow instead of thinking everything is brilliant after winning once match in Leinster in 6 years. You boys are certainly improving, but a bit of perspective wouldn't go astray. Unrealistic expectations often lead to disappointment."
so arrogant based on nothing . I predicted it a good run and rattling the bigger boys . role on 2018
Cestharlach abu

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 26/07/2017 22:43:01   2024223

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Replying To dead_as_dodos:  "I have to say I admire your optimism Blackie . I don't share it unfortunately but fair play to you and I genuinely hope you're right and i'm wrong."
you were wrong dead as. but I am sure you don't mind that

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts:167 - 26/07/2017 22:45:54   2024225

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