Westmeath - Footballers 2017

Congrats to Westmeath on a great win. There really are some talented players there that would make any team in the country. The likes of John Heslin, Paul Sharry, James Dolan and Kieran Martin would grace any of the top sides. In all honesty Westmeath should never have been in Division 4 and I imagine should go close to having back to back promotions. Looked far from watertight at the back which would be a worry but in terms of attacking football Westmeath produced the best to watch of all the finals on the weekend.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts:657 - 09/04/2017 18:59:19   1977551

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A shame that the achievement of winning silverware was tarnished by the actions of a member of the squad on Sunday night, I wonder what repercussions will follow?

JohnyDuncan (UK) - Posts:23 - 13/04/2017 23:10:29   1979282

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Replying To JohnyDuncan:  "A shame that the achievement of winning silverware was tarnished by the actions of a member of the squad on Sunday night, I wonder what repercussions will follow?"
Be kicked off the panel and never be let put on the marrow jersey again seems fair. Not fair that the whole squad are getting tarnished by the actions of one clown. The particular local newspaper who have hightlighted this also should hang their head in shame.

Matthew (All) - Posts:773 - 14/04/2017 01:10:08   1979293

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Replying To JohnyDuncan:  "A shame that the achievement of winning silverware was tarnished by the actions of a member of the squad on Sunday night, I wonder what repercussions will follow?"
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yelowbelly (Wexford) - Posts:141 - 14/04/2017 06:28:19   1979307

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Disappointed about the actions of one westmeath football on sun night. Takes away from win last sat. Whats goin to happen ? Not good preparation goin into offaly game

Mattyreilly (Westmeath) - Posts:43 - 15/04/2017 09:40:40   1979508

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Shame on the topic trying to give not only the seniors but also the u21's a bad name. They had no definite information when publishing,but yet stuck the article on the front page,all based on hear say! The bit on the u21's was laughable! I know myself that the only reason I read the topic is for the GAA ,as I'm sure is the same for a lot of people! Until facts come out I think people should have the respect to stop jumping to conclusions. These boys give a lot to the County. Westmeath fans should hit back at the paper in question and let them know we are not happy with them trying to blacken the name of all Westmeath footballers. Rightly so, I feel they will be down a few readers after this stunt !!

wmeathgael04 (Westmeath) - Posts:12 - 15/04/2017 14:10:01   1979548

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I see Offaly minors hammered Wexford today. Westmeath minors face Offaly next. I think they may have all their league games with the exception of the Louth game. Have they any chance against Offaly?

Matthew (All) - Posts:773 - 17/04/2017 17:32:03   1980183

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Replying To wmeathgael04:  "Shame on the topic trying to give not only the seniors but also the u21's a bad name. They had no definite information when publishing,but yet stuck the article on the front page,all based on hear say! The bit on the u21's was laughable! I know myself that the only reason I read the topic is for the GAA ,as I'm sure is the same for a lot of people! Until facts come out I think people should have the respect to stop jumping to conclusions. These boys give a lot to the County. Westmeath fans should hit back at the paper in question and let them know we are not happy with them trying to blacken the name of all Westmeath footballers. Rightly so, I feel they will be down a few readers after this stunt !!"
Funny enough I don't agree with you. If you are a member of a county panel you have a responsibility weighing on your shoulders to act not only for yourself but for all members of the squad. I believe the topic is right printing this article as they would with any assault of its kind. The fact that a county footballer was.involved makes it even.more important that the public be made aware. These kind of actions if let go only says that there is one rule.for one and one for another. It doesn't not point a finger at every single county player because the dog.on the street at this stage knows who it is. We cannot let violent acts like this be sweeped under the table and this is what the media is is for. Fair play Topic newspapers I am sure the GAA people who want to hide behind things might stop buying your paper but they mostly only read it and not buy it anyway. News is news and we are entitled to.know. I just hope your brave enough to keep asking questions about what is been done about this violent act and what punishment awaits the player and what county board and senior management are going to do about it

Paulknows (Westmeath) - Posts:74 - 17/04/2017 20:15:58   1980218

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Replying To Paulknows:  "Funny enough I don't agree with you. If you are a member of a county panel you have a responsibility weighing on your shoulders to act not only for yourself but for all members of the squad. I believe the topic is right printing this article as they would with any assault of its kind. The fact that a county footballer was.involved makes it even.more important that the public be made aware. These kind of actions if let go only says that there is one rule.for one and one for another. It doesn't not point a finger at every single county player because the dog.on the street at this stage knows who it is. We cannot let violent acts like this be sweeped under the table and this is what the media is is for. Fair play Topic newspapers I am sure the GAA people who want to hide behind things might stop buying your paper but they mostly only read it and not buy it anyway. News is news and we are entitled to.know. I just hope your brave enough to keep asking questions about what is been done about this violent act and what punishment awaits the player and what county board and senior management are going to do about it"
There have been no facts published in the news about the incident. The article in the topic was based on hearsay and it is only "news" because the people involved are county players. If it was any other joe soap nobody would give a damn. I 100% agree with wmeathgael04 and think you should have the respect to keep your opinion to yourself on a forum that is meant to be about football and not be trying to run players into the ground because you think its a huge scandal that somebody got a box.. Im not condoning violence but i think it has been blown out of proportion because it is a squad member we are talking about. None of those lads get a bit of praise for the effort and dedication they give to club and county. Only people knocking them.

Wmeathboyo (Westmeath) - Posts:2 - 17/04/2017 21:33:22   1980240

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Replying To Wmeathboyo:  "There have been no facts published in the news about the incident. The article in the topic was based on hearsay and it is only "news" because the people involved are county players. If it was any other joe soap nobody would give a damn. I 100% agree with wmeathgael04 and think you should have the respect to keep your opinion to yourself on a forum that is meant to be about football and not be trying to run players into the ground because you think its a huge scandal that somebody got a box.. Im not condoning violence but i think it has been blown out of proportion because it is a squad member we are talking about. None of those lads get a bit of praise for the effort and dedication they give to club and county. Only people knocking them."
Wmeathboyo well said

finiang (Westmeath) - Posts:1 - 17/04/2017 22:06:27   1980259

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Replying To Wmeathboyo:  "There have been no facts published in the news about the incident. The article in the topic was based on hearsay and it is only "news" because the people involved are county players. If it was any other joe soap nobody would give a damn. I 100% agree with wmeathgael04 and think you should have the respect to keep your opinion to yourself on a forum that is meant to be about football and not be trying to run players into the ground because you think its a huge scandal that somebody got a box.. Im not condoning violence but i think it has been blown out of proportion because it is a squad member we are talking about. None of those lads get a bit of praise for the effort and dedication they give to club and county. Only people knocking them."
Wmeathboyo - of course it is news. These are the players that people pay money to go and see and that our children consider to be their hero's. I am quite sure these guys are made aware of their responsibilities as a County Player on and off the field.

If the lad suffered a broken jaw and couldnt work for the next few weeks would you still say the same? At the very least he should be kicked off the panel (regardless of who he is) and made apologise and pay for whatever medical treatment that staff member requires.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts:392 - 18/04/2017 10:27:41   1980351

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I'd say there will be an announcement shortly,this player's inter county career is well and truly over

footiemad (Westmeath) - Posts:644 - 18/04/2017 11:50:57   1980386

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Replying To Meridian:  "Wmeathboyo - of course it is news. These are the players that people pay money to go and see and that our children consider to be their hero's. I am quite sure these guys are made aware of their responsibilities as a County Player on and off the field.

If the lad suffered a broken jaw and couldnt work for the next few weeks would you still say the same? At the very least he should be kicked off the panel (regardless of who he is) and made apologise and pay for whatever medical treatment that staff member requires."
I understand completely that the player involved has responsibilities toward himself and and his teammates. Im sure whatever needs to be done on his part will be done without a doubt. My point was just that certain people coming onto a football forum acting as judge and jury without knowing any of the actual facts and just speculating on broken jaws!! I have kids myself and they have been taught that rowdy behaviour is wrong and unnacceptable so im not going to blame a young lad on a county team for their behaviour when they are older and neither will they im sure. Gaelic isnt a clean sport anyway!

Wmeathboyo (Westmeath) - Posts:2 - 18/04/2017 12:15:40   1980393

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There seems to be a big rush to defend the player and brush it under the carpet no matter what he did. Where do we draw the line?

LLG (Westmeath) - Posts:33 - 18/04/2017 20:09:29   1980564

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