Westmeath - County U21 Footballers

Replying To Jack_Sparrow:  "What are they doing in Monaghan?. Similiar pick to ourselves . Are they well funded? Genuine question cause I don't know . How do they raise their money ? How do they produce competitive teams?"
I think you'll find that most of the Monaghan lads have come through UUJ, Queens or St Mary's who will all have very professional strength and conditioning programmes for Sigerson. Actually it is known that most secondary schools would have similar programmes. Nothern Colleges are reknowned for this and as a result you see the gulf in size and strength between teams like Monaghan and Westmeath.

I am not aware of such programmes at that level in Westmeath Colleges. If there are then they are in infancy stages compared to what would be happening up North.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts:384 - 03/03/2017 14:25:56   1963181

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Replying To Wmeath2:  "This Westmeath team lost to Offaly at minor by a cricket score 2-16 to 6 points or there abouts. Offaly were then hammered by even more by this Dublin team. So it appears the team developed under current management in the last 3 years. Realisticly Westmeath will never beat Dublin with current structures, coaching, investment, population, sponsorship, etc. at any level!!"
A bit defeatist but its hard to argue with you. You are right.

We shouldnt compare ourselves with Dublin though as we will never catch them when it comes to money and facilities etc. At some point the GAA will have to realise that they have created a monster in Dublin that could be their undoing. I cant see any team matching Dublin in some time. Their current Senior team is streets ahead of anyone else (apart from 1 performance from mayo). Their U21's and Minors have been successful for the last few years. I think this Dublin team could very well win 5 in a row and beyond. Everyone is playing catchup from a long way back due to the facilities and finance that Dublin has had at their disposal for many years.

If people think that the GAA are going to try and level the playing field with other counties you can think again. Dublin are a cash cow for them and they will be happy as long as Dublin keep bringing in the attendances. Look at the Leinster Championship, Dublin are going for 12th title in a row there. Has the GAA done anything to make a change or address the lack of competition there? No! They dont even acknowledge there is an issue.

I'm afraid Westmeath, as with all the other Counties in Leinster just dont matter as we are not bringing enough bums on seats. There is an article online where in the GAA's Financial Report for 2014, Dublin received €1.46m for games development. This was more than the other 31 counties combined! So when the wise men at the top of the organisation think this is fair you'd have to wonder where this is going to end up.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts:384 - 03/03/2017 16:09:34   1963224

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An under 19/20 development squad would be an excellent idea to link minor and senior panels. Doesn't require any money to get the best 30/40 19 and 20 year olds in the county together to train and develop skills, team play, game play over maybe 1 or 2 sessions a week. Think it's a fantastic idea as suggested by an earlier poster. Forget about S & C, no point being able to bench press if you can't kick the ball 30 yards to your team mate!

Wmeath2 (Westmeath) - Posts:32 - 04/03/2017 00:24:12   1963374

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Replying To Wmeath2:  "An under 19/20 development squad would be an excellent idea to link minor and senior panels. Doesn't require any money to get the best 30/40 19 and 20 year olds in the county together to train and develop skills, team play, game play over maybe 1 or 2 sessions a week. Think it's a fantastic idea as suggested by an earlier poster. Forget about S & C, no point being able to bench press if you can't kick the ball 30 yards to your team mate!"
it will cost money
every session and game costs money
pitch costs, mileage/buses, and other costs

manfromdelmonte (UK) - Posts:461 - 04/03/2017 13:22:28   1963480

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