Down - Down for Div 2A and Christy Ring.

Div 2A is very winnable with Carlow, Kerry, Wicklow, Westmeath and Derry and to be honest it's about time we win that Ring competition, we should have won it a long time ago. With the right attitude and support we could have some silverware this year for the first time in a long long time.

upandwin (Down) - Posts:91 - 04/01/2012 15:22:23   1088516

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We should over come derry and wicklow handiliy . westmeath and kerry are also beatable, rumor has it that a kilkenny player working in kerry has transferred and now plays for the kingdom. carlow are the team to beat there in my view, the barrowsiders are a half decent outfit.

Dcrosshurler_95 (Down) - Posts:41 - 04/01/2012 16:18:40   1088552

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We're due it that's for sure! Carlow and Kerry are strongest opponents there. Derry also capable if it falls right on the day for them, but I'm optimistic we can come very close

BarrackBuster (Down) - Posts:525 - 04/01/2012 17:50:03   1088633

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Should compete well this year provided the lads get a chance to recharge the batteries ahead of the championship. Fatigue hit them badly last year when they had to be out training/playing 7 days a week.

Long_John (Down) - Posts:273 - 05/01/2012 08:52:02   1088827

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Should have a good campagne (s). All league games will be competitive. Any news on new players or injuries.

saulgael (Down) - Posts:510 - 06/01/2012 17:31:02   1089709

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you's lads have no clue, Derry beat down handy last year- And dnot forget Kerry turned them over twice, With Magic away, rumours of both clarkes retired, and benny ennis whop will step up and replace these big names???

themagicman (Down) - Posts:81 - 09/01/2012 13:20:41   1090695

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the magicman u seem to have no clue. incase you forgot down absolutely trashed derry in the ulster semi-final by about 20 points. were very unlucky against kerry, i was at both games unlike most of the county who would barely travel over a 3 mile radius to support the hurlers. its attitudes like yours that hinder down hurling and if u think that this division 2A is some sort of top standard league that cant be one you havn't a baldy. Every team in that league are more than beatable and that christy rig cup should have been won a long time ago!

upandwin (Down) - Posts:91 - 09/01/2012 19:53:44   1090985

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anyone in that league can beat eachother , there will be no clear favourites. Down have the top talent in dule & woods , but keeping them boys injury free will be the sticking point , down have a lack of depth , but on their day , with all the players on form , they can trounce anyone in this league and as has been shown , beat antrim (who are the benchmark for ulster)

DownAndOut (Down) - Posts:344 - 10/01/2012 11:18:20   1091130

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UP AND WIN, in case you forget Derry completely out played us in Ballycran, Kerry completely outplayed us in Newry and if it wasn't for the sending off would and should have beat us very comfortably.
And believe me im all for Down winning but 'My attitude' is more realistic.With retirements and some of our best players in a differnt country winning christy ring will be extremely difficult!
up to the young players now i suppose

themagicman (Down) - Posts:81 - 10/01/2012 13:34:47   1091222

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young lads arent good enough , some are even playing 2nds hurling

DownAndOut (Down) - Posts:344 - 11/01/2012 12:23:56   1091697

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your attitudes ore realistic saying i havnt a clue because i believe that that mediocre div 2A and christy ring cup is more than winnable?

upandwin (Down) - Posts:91 - 11/01/2012 17:45:44   1092080

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yes NEARLY with a good panel of players....what have we now?half the team are from south down(their experience consists of playing donegal and louth-two great hurling counties) and young lads from the ards. Magic in oz dule injured, clarkes retired coogie retired. Im just telling itt how it is instead of living in ur dream land.

themagicman (Down) - Posts:81 - 12/01/2012 13:07:27   1092465

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magicman i no where your coming from, south down players def not good enough but i think the management will have to go with what he has. blood all the young lads from the Ards as that will be the future. be a bit more supportive man!!!!!!!!!!

cahill (All) - Posts:2342 - 12/01/2012 14:24:54   1092532

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If Down want to win matches and have any prospects of doing well in div.2, then the team has to be picked from the whole of Down.
Times have changed, when it was the stupid belief that Down could win their matches by playing on the wee pitches in the Ards.
Them days are over.
The matches will be played on big pitches, so get the big physical players on the team. That alone should halve the number from the Ards.
There is talent outside the Ards.

Always Right (Down) - Posts:221 - 12/01/2012 19:25:51   1092791

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yeah because Portaferry and Ballygalget's pitches are small!!! Not!!! They are as big of pitches that are about.

grandagrokepoke (Down) - Posts:257 - 13/01/2012 13:12:07   1093052

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always............... chill man I'm sensing bad carma from your posts. breath in and out slowly. Now. titter a wit man! are you saying that lads that play division 1 and 2 in Down are good enough to play inter county div2. They couldn't even beat a Donegal team, (that bastion of hurling excellence.) You should tell them lads whom r trying out for the county seniors that there is no "I" in team.
"Always" now relax, breath slowly and share the love before you answer this post!!!!!

cahill (All) - Posts:2342 - 13/01/2012 13:26:26   1093069

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If Down want to win matches and have any prospects of doing well in div.2, then the team has to be picked from the whole of Down.
Times have changed, when it was the stupid belief that Down could win their matches by playing on the wee pitches in the Ards.
Them days are over.
The matches will be played on big pitches, so get the big physical players on the team. That alone should halve the number from the Ards.
There is talent outside the Ards.
Always Right , 12/01/2012 at 19:25


Always I dont disagree with the sentiments re physicality but you got to put the ball over and under the bar plus defend. I believe everyone within

bigtomsbreeks (Down) - Posts:130 - 13/01/2012 15:50:37   1093182

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"If Down want to win matches and have any prospects of doing well in div.2, then the team has to be picked from the whole of Down.
Times have changed, when it was the stupid belief that Down could win their matches by playing on the wee pitches in the Ards.
Them days are over.
The matches will be played on big pitches, so get the big physical players on the team. That alone should halve the number from the Ards.
There is talent outside the Ards. "
Always Right , 12/01/2012 at 19:25


Always I dont disagree with the sentiments re physicality but you got to put the ball over and under the bar plus defend. I believe everyone within Down hurling is getting a chance this year and thats good and about time. I do agree its a big step from Down division 1 to National league 2 but what choice does the manager have?
I hear they are very happy re the Red High but its sad some players have decided to retire; after last years episode against Armagh I would have thought some would have had their pride dented and wanted to make amends but its a personal choice.
If Graham Clarke has retired as it says on this site hes one player who has excelled for the County and club and will be sad to see a true legend leave the stage.
As for the pitch size I have to say im shocked as both galget and portaferry (top pitch) pitches are huge so Im lost with that comment

bigtomsbreeks (Down) - Posts:130 - 13/01/2012 16:00:13   1093190

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to be honest there isnt much in the way of seniors outside the ards like it or not thats the way it is

ianog (Down) - Posts:309 - 13/01/2012 17:32:20   1093250

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if anything the big wide open pitches in Portaferry and Ballygalget (both the maximum sizes allowed) should suit the smaller, quicker players rather than bigger slower players.

The Down team of the Sean McGuinness was a physically big team barring the halfback line who could hurl with anyone in Ireland and were unlucky not to beat Tipp in Ballycran in their day. Babbs had to spring Nicky English off the bench to save them.

The current crop, size, skill, whatever don't compare even to the recent team that won NHL div2 in Limerick. Even the weaker hurlers on that team would have their pick of the jerseys now.

We're on the downward spiral and will be doing well to get in the top three of Div2 and to the Christy Ring final.

Best of luck to Graham, great keeper and if the hurlers in Down were half as dedicated as him we'd be improving.

Gotta go sort out a uni team. Will report back later.

bricktop (Down) - Posts:1472 - 14/01/2012 20:03:22   1093672

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