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Replying To Galway2019:  "In fairness we can't talk about bandwagon supporters, only 6000 showed up to a home championship game last weekend in salthill. Come aug ever man woman and child will be looking for a ticket.

I'm also nearly sure there is only 5/6 clubs max in Mayo who play hurling compared to 80 in Galway. If you are going to have a go at only 250 showing upto a mayo hurling game then your argument is stupid cause on a club to supporter ratio basis they are better supported than what we got for our first home championship game."
To add to that someone from Belclare shouldn't brag about Galway hurling , ye didn't care about hurling in north Galway until we started winning and the footballers went through a bad patch. I doubt any player or panelist has ever been to Belclare and id say 99% of people there have never even picked up a hurl.

It's footballing country leave the hurling to the boys from South Galway

Galway2019 (Galway) - Posts: 55 - 19/05/2019 12:46:42    2185469

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Replying To Galway2019:  "In fairness we can't talk about bandwagon supporters, only 6000 showed up to a home championship game last weekend in salthill. Come aug ever man woman and child will be looking for a ticket.

I'm also nearly sure there is only 5/6 clubs max in Mayo who play hurling compared to 80 in Galway. If you are going to have a go at only 250 showing upto a mayo hurling game then your argument is stupid cause on a club to supporter ratio basis they are better supported than what we got for our first home championship game."
I think you're right. Hurling and football are too different sports. They might be under the term "Gas but like it or not they are totally different games. If you grew up following hurling It's difficult to get more or as excited about your counties orher code. What about Galway and mayo county handballers.

The interest in a game develops over time. Through passion and tradition. You can't just buy it from a ticket.

Galway have a much larger population. But have to compete with more rugby, hurling and soccer especially in the city. I live here and notice it.

Mayo have half the pop but a more faithful pop around the big ball and that's all there is to it. The two cancel each other out and no divide compared to Dublin and everyone else.

GameOfTyrones (Tyrone) - Posts: 469 - 19/05/2019 13:13:55    2185475

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Replying To candlewax:  "Yet people from Galway aren't allowed to mention Mayo on this thread!? Strange that.
It's a shame the basketball scene is so strong in Ballina and of course the soccer has always been so strong in the city. If all these players were to commit to the Mayo footballers, I think this could be the last step Mayo need to get over the line."
The basketball scene in Ballina is not so strong. Even it was why would it be a shame if it was strong?

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5499 - 19/05/2019 13:13:59    2185476

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A few here are a bit too influenced by Sky sports with their sacking,4 year deals and contract talk. Its GAA lads, managers can come and go as they please.

Back to the topic i'd expect a comfortable win for Galway this afternoon they have a better balance to their team this weekend and will be looking for a big improvement after a poor showing in London. Sligo in a very bad place at the moment but its a young team that has lost most of their experienced players.

As for next Saturday all the talk is about Mayo, some pundits are already talking about a Galway v Mayo Connacht final like we have already lost that semi final so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain and long overdue win in MacHale park for us would be most welcomed.

ispeakwisdom (Roscommon) - Posts: 2330 - 19/05/2019 13:40:24    2185481

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Replying To Belclare:  "7 thousand official v Carlow and we know the way they calculate the attendance. There were more there, and no disrespect but it was Carlow.
Your speaking like a Mayo man giving excuses about Mayo hurling, sure there is only 5 clubs, but Why? Hurling should be promoted more in big towns like Castlebar Ballina, Westport. The money Mayo Gaa are making is astronomical, How much been spent to promote Hurling in that great Gaa county? The supporters should get behind the senior hurlers not offering excuses like you are.."
I'm glad I have more things in my life to look forward to the arguing with people I don't know on this forum, enjoy your day I'm off to watch our footballers play Sligo while you sit at home and give out about Mayo and their fans.

Galway2019 (Galway) - Posts: 55 - 19/05/2019 13:43:00    2185483

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Replying To Belclare:  "7 thousand official v Carlow and we know the way they calculate the attendance. There were more there, and no disrespect but it was Carlow.
Your speaking like a Mayo man giving excuses about Mayo hurling, sure there is only 5 clubs, but Why? Hurling should be promoted more in big towns like Castlebar Ballina, Westport. The money Mayo Gaa are making is astronomical, How much been spent to promote Hurling in that great Gaa county? The supporters should get behind the senior hurlers not offering excuses like you are.."
I'm glad I have more things in my life to look forward to the arguing with people I don't know on this forum, enjoy your day I'm off to watch our footballers play Sligo while you sit at home and give out about Mayo and their fans.

Galway2019 (Galway) - Posts: 55 - 19/05/2019 13:46:20    2185484

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The point is, you cant mock the lack of Galway footballers support when there's no support whatsoever for the Mayo hurlers. Mayo's basically a one code county and thats fine.. Theres a reason the Galway hurlers play in Leinster.
Its a bigger county yes, but as someone has pointed out there's also way more distractions.
Also about the bangwagon tag, theres bandwagon fans in every sport, thats just life. Connacht rugby being a great example, used to be a man and his dog up in the sportsground, now its hard to find a ticket to a Pro 14 game. The Kerry supporters used to skip the QF and SF and just get tickets to the final when they were dominating football.
You can have 82,000 Mayo fans in Croker, but they can't win the game for you.

candlewax (Galway) - Posts: 190 - 19/05/2019 14:43:23    2185494

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Replying To Belclare:  "Revert back to the support the Hurlers get, embarrassing for the so called best Gaa support in the country. A lot of bandwagon supporters. Average attendance 35, I notice on the blog the hurlers get a token report and always terrible to see no comments at all, and then you may get a couple of hundred on the football.
So until that changes you will never be the best Gaa supporters in Ireland.."
Only a few hurling clubs in mayo...nearest hurling club to me is 30km away...it's not in our blood. I don't know for historical reasons why hurling isn't big in mayo but that's the way it is...

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10081 - 19/05/2019 16:14:59    2185508

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Only a few hurling clubs in mayo...nearest hurling club to me is 30km away...it's not in our blood. I don't know for historical reasons why hurling isn't big in mayo but that's the way it is..."
It's big in Tooreen, so big that they had to split it in two!

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5499 - 19/05/2019 16:34:51    2185510

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I was going to have a go at everyone who instead of obsessing over crowd sizes and hurling in Mayo, should be paying attention to the actual championship. But then I listened to the Galway-Sligo game and all I have to say is:

So, Galway crowd sizes and Mayo hurling. What's the story with that lads?

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2852 - 19/05/2019 17:04:51    2185517

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13 point win for Galway but fair to say it was never a 13 point game. Galway only led by 2 points at half time then got two goals in a minute midway into the 2nd half and put gloss on the victory with 1-2 late on.

Galway have home advantage for the final but I'll be surprised if they retain the Connacht title.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2471 - 19/05/2019 17:13:25    2185519

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Replying To ispeakwisdom:  "A few here are a bit too influenced by Sky sports with their sacking,4 year deals and contract talk. Its GAA lads, managers can come and go as they please.

Back to the topic i'd expect a comfortable win for Galway this afternoon they have a better balance to their team this weekend and will be looking for a big improvement after a poor showing in London. Sligo in a very bad place at the moment but its a young team that has lost most of their experienced players.

As for next Saturday all the talk is about Mayo, some pundits are already talking about a Galway v Mayo Connacht final like we have already lost that semi final so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain and long overdue win in MacHale park for us would be most welcomed."
It reminds of 2017. Roscommon were given very little chance in Connacht, ran up big scores in challenge matches in their champioship buildup, we both know what happened then. Very little being said about Anthony Cunngham's coaching abilities, arguably he has more united support in Roscommon than McStay had. Hopefully we won't be as complacent next Saturday as some pundits seem to be. May the best team win.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5499 - 19/05/2019 17:18:59    2185524

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Replying To festinog:  "I was going to have a go at everyone who instead of obsessing over crowd sizes and hurling in Mayo, should be paying attention to the actual championship. But then I listened to the Galway-Sligo game and all I have to say is:

So, Galway crowd sizes and Mayo hurling. What's the story with that lads?"
5,300 in Sligo today...? Very Poor crowd for a Connacht semi final even if Sligo are at a low ebb...you'd get more at a league game. More Mayo people travelled to NYC ;).....now that's enough from me on that....

Anyway it should ramp up a notch or two next weekend on what I believe will be a closer game than many think....winners go to Salthill so all to play for..

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10081 - 19/05/2019 18:04:33    2185537

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "13 point win for Galway but fair to say it was never a 13 point game. Galway only led by 2 points at half time then got two goals in a minute midway into the 2nd half and put gloss on the victory with 1-2 late on.

Galway have home advantage for the final but I'll be surprised if they retain the Connacht title."
No surprise coming from you.
We're you in Sligo today?
Result never in doubt.Sligo played with 13 men behind the ball even when they had a strong breeze behind them which resulted in a poor spectacle.
Connacht final will be a whole new ball game.

Barnowl94 (Galway) - Posts: 3150 - 19/05/2019 18:36:01    2185550

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Replying To yew_tree:  "5,300 in Sligo today...? Very Poor crowd for a Connacht semi final even if Sligo are at a low ebb...you'd get more at a league game. More Mayo people travelled to NYC ;).....now that's enough from me on that....

Anyway it should ramp up a notch or two next weekend on what I believe will be a closer game than many think....winners go to Salthill so all to play for.."
Okay,Mayo have good support but no need to constantly harp on about it!!
Mayo Roscommon will hopefully be the best game, in terms of quality in this years championship next weekend.
Although Down Armagh didn't disappoint today!

dublin5 (Dublin) - Posts: 30 - 19/05/2019 18:37:59    2185552

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Junior team but it's apples and oranges if your comparing a big town like Galway to a small town like Ballina."
Apples and oranges you say ? Moycullen has a population of around 1,500 plays in the Mens Super League the other Galway team in the Mens Super League is Maree a small village outside Oranmore. Ballina has a population of 10,000 and do not compete in the National league

brisbane (Galway) - Posts: 413 - 19/05/2019 19:07:35    2185569

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Replying To Barnowl94:  "No surprise coming from you.
We're you in Sligo today?
Result never in doubt.Sligo played with 13 men behind the ball even when they had a strong breeze behind them which resulted in a poor spectacle.
Connacht final will be a whole new ball game."
Galway full value for 13 points. Could've had more goals. Sligo offered very little. It might only have been 2 points at half time but Galway were cutting through a lot. Only a matter of time before the goals came.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1172 - 19/05/2019 19:14:02    2185570

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Replying To Galway2019:  "To add to that someone from Belclare shouldn't brag about Galway hurling , ye didn't care about hurling in north Galway until we started winning and the footballers went through a bad patch. I doubt any player or panelist has ever been to Belclare and id say 99% of people there have never even picked up a hurl.

It's footballing country leave the hurling to the boys from South Galway"
You are very negative towards Galway and very pro mayo? have you heard of Ballygar, sylane or Abbey?

brisbane (Galway) - Posts: 413 - 19/05/2019 19:24:03    2185577

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Replying To brisbane:  "You are very negative towards Galway and very pro mayo? have you heard of Ballygar, sylane or Abbey?"
And in 2012 Tuam was the best decked out town colour wise prior to the hurling final that year which surprised me even if there are plenty of people in North Galway who support our hurlers.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1671 - 19/05/2019 19:32:20    2185585

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Replying To Barnowl94:  "No surprise coming from you.
We're you in Sligo today?
Result never in doubt.Sligo played with 13 men behind the ball even when they had a strong breeze behind them which resulted in a poor spectacle.
Connacht final will be a whole new ball game."
Coming for me? the state of you for not liking me calling things as there were for that Galway v Sligo game. What will you be like if Galway as i expect lose the Connacht final? and Galway regardless of the result will play with 13 men behind the ball so don't be criticizing little old Sligo.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2471 - 19/05/2019 19:41:14    2185587

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