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Does anyone know when the Championship fixtures/dates will be confirmed? Think they're usually in by now

RR (Meath) - Posts: 146 - 27/05/2024 13:33:04    2547633

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why on earth are they so obsessed with playing senior club champioship games in pairc tailteann, surely it must cost more opening for 100 people? all the good pitches there are now, trim, rathmolyon, athboy madness not to put them into these places. Would clubs not get some revenue from the gate money as well? club hurling games in navan are a fairly hard watch

dickie10 (UK) - Posts: 721 - 05/06/2024 13:50:27    2549697

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Couldn't agree more. Taking games away from the South Meath hurling heartland and making them more difficult for majority of hurling people to attend. Players and supporters would much rather these were played at club grounds where the crowd isn't lost.

Belt (Meath) - Posts: 260 - 05/06/2024 16:27:48    2549739

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Replying To dickie10:  "why on earth are they so obsessed with playing senior club champioship games in pairc tailteann, surely it must cost more opening for 100 people? all the good pitches there are now, trim, rathmolyon, athboy madness not to put them into these places. Would clubs not get some revenue from the gate money as well? club hurling games in navan are a fairly hard watch"
Spot on even more so with intermediate games.

You've endless number of clubs that would be happy out hosting games and getting the money but putting matches in a huge ground with no atmosphere is an awful call

IMO, in all codes, PT should be kept for the first game and then semis/finals

RR (Meath) - Posts: 146 - 05/06/2024 18:41:53    2549759

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Absolutly agree with these comments. Having so many games in PT from a spectator perspective not great and also from the angle of spreading it around the county to promote hurling in all areas.
I would imagine players who might not get many opportunities to play in PT will like it as brings a bit more prestige to the games. But it will result in a poor crowd atmosphere for both teams involved. Does not seem to be many double headers either which would have helped the cause.

MeathHurler2023 (Meath) - Posts: 7 - 06/06/2024 09:00:11    2549802

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Kildalkey vs Trim was always traditionally played in Athboy, a very handy place for both teams. all during the 80s, 90s and 00s. It was that set in stone for that fixture that two SHC semi finals were played between the two teams in 88 and 94. Can you imagine the great atmoshepre that would be created that Friday night if the game was played there.
Kilmessan v Clan na Gael you couldnt get more of a neutral geographic halfway than Trim for both teams id say in mileage it must be very near bang on 7-8 miles for each or close to it.
Dunboyne v dunderry Kilmessan would seem the right place or Kiltale.

Ratoath v Kiltale - Batterstown
Blackhall and Longwood - Rathmolyon
Killyon V Na Fianna - Longwood

you could easy go on all night , attendances will suffer draggin teams across the county to PT
Killyon v Na Fianna is as crazy as it gets. 40 mins for both teams instead of 10 mins to Longwood

dickie10 (UK) - Posts: 721 - 06/06/2024 22:25:38    2549924

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Replying To dickie10:  "Kildalkey vs Trim was always traditionally played in Athboy, a very handy place for both teams. all during the 80s, 90s and 00s. It was that set in stone for that fixture that two SHC semi finals were played between the two teams in 88 and 94. Can you imagine the great atmoshepre that would be created that Friday night if the game was played there.
Kilmessan v Clan na Gael you couldnt get more of a neutral geographic halfway than Trim for both teams id say in mileage it must be very near bang on 7-8 miles for each or close to it.
Dunboyne v dunderry Kilmessan would seem the right place or Kiltale.

Ratoath v Kiltale - Batterstown
Blackhall and Longwood - Rathmolyon
Killyon V Na Fianna - Longwood

you could easy go on all night , attendances will suffer draggin teams across the county to PT
Killyon v Na Fianna is as crazy as it gets. 40 mins for both teams instead of 10 mins to Longwood"
Agree with all of the above. Opening PT on a Thursday and Friday for a single game sounds mad and does little for the promotion of the game thoughout the county. There is some merit in double or triple headers at weekends imo.
Brilliant hurling surfaces in Rathmolyan, Kilmessan, Kiltale, Batterstown to name a few. Senior games should be put there for sure.
Does the scheduling of games on Thursdays or Fridays have any impact? Club grounds may be under pressure with availability?

hurlingcowboy101 (Meath) - Posts: 8 - 07/06/2024 17:10:01    2550063

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maybe thats it, so maybe keep it to sat and sunday, very hard on players playing so called important matches on work days, then play them 3 pm 4:30 pm double headers in likes of bigger club pitches like trim or even kildalkey and baordsmill who have loads of parking. Kilskyre needs to be getting senior games too now, great facilities, surely Kildalkey v athboy this summer could be played there, scene of plenty of drama in 94! sunday matches can be put on at 1:30 3pm and 4:30 pm so people could see another match if they wanted say one in athboy at 2pm then the next in kilskyre/Trim/Kildallkey at 4pm. your only talking 15 min drive in all directions there. Similar with games in Trim, have another game on after in boardsmill, Kildalkey, Athboy, Dunderry or Kiltale same thing 15 mins will have you there too. Maybe bring out a hurling weekend pass ticket thats gets you into all club chamionship hurling games all weekend.
A GAA version of all you can eat buffet !

dickie10 (UK) - Posts: 721 - 07/06/2024 22:35:00    2550107

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Replying To hurlingcowboy101:  "Agree with all of the above. Opening PT on a Thursday and Friday for a single game sounds mad and does little for the promotion of the game thoughout the county. There is some merit in double or triple headers at weekends imo.
Brilliant hurling surfaces in Rathmolyan, Kilmessan, Kiltale, Batterstown to name a few. Senior games should be put there for sure.
Does the scheduling of games on Thursdays or Fridays have any impact? Club grounds may be under pressure with availability?"
I'd it club availability between, juvenile, camogie training and having volunteers to man car parks/gated. Especially if your own club are playing at a different venue at the same time.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 48 - 07/06/2024 23:20:13    2550111

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Have a number of championship venues changed since fixtures were first announced?
Seems like round 1 all in PT, but then being spread right around for the subsequent rounds.
Kiltale, Kilmessan, Rathmolyan, Boardsmill, Ratoath, Trim, Batterstown, Athboy, Kildalkey all being used.
I do not remember that being the case on original draft fixtures but I could be incorrect.

Only 2 weeks to the start - Clan na Gael vs Kilmessan now on the Wedneday evening according to Meath Gaa website, that was Thursday on original draft list I thought.

1 week league left with the same teams towards the top as per last few years.

hurlingcowboy101 (Meath) - Posts: 8 - 24/06/2024 16:34:03    2554487

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Replying To hurlingcowboy101:  "Have a number of championship venues changed since fixtures were first announced?
Seems like round 1 all in PT, but then being spread right around for the subsequent rounds.
Kiltale, Kilmessan, Rathmolyan, Boardsmill, Ratoath, Trim, Batterstown, Athboy, Kildalkey all being used.
I do not remember that being the case on original draft fixtures but I could be incorrect.

Only 2 weeks to the start - Clan na Gael vs Kilmessan now on the Wedneday evening according to Meath Gaa website, that was Thursday on original draft list I thought.

1 week league left with the same teams towards the top as per last few years."
clan na gael / kilmessan amended on website to Thursday as per original draft. Ratoath Kiltale opening up on the Wednesday.
I'm personally not a huge fan of midweek championship games. Pretty difficult on those working and then being asked to play a game they've trained for all year. I understand it probably has to be done to fit everything in but it's a pity imo. It's often done in other counties e.g. Dublin club chamionship has with even earlier start times, to facilitate midweek double headers in Parnell Park. So thankful for small mercies I guess.

hurlingcowboy101 (Meath) - Posts: 8 - 25/06/2024 09:39:02    2554641

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Why does the Junior B have one group of four and two groups of three instead of two groups of five?

Surely more games at that level is the more important focus? Currently they'd get an absolute max of four - two groups of five would guarantee a minimum of four

RR (Meath) - Posts: 146 - 26/06/2024 18:28:52    2555019

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Replying To RR:  "Why does the Junior B have one group of four and two groups of three instead of two groups of five?

Surely more games at that level is the more important focus? Currently they'd get an absolute max of four - two groups of five would guarantee a minimum of four"
It's an absolute joke. Like it's Common sense to have 2 groups of 5. Top 2 in each group into semis. In the interest of promoting hurling the county, surely having more hroup games for everyone would be idea?

Selwyn (Meath) - Posts: 368 - 27/06/2024 21:08:13    2555270

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Replying To Selwyn:  "It's an absolute joke. Like it's Common sense to have 2 groups of 5. Top 2 in each group into semis. In the interest of promoting hurling the county, surely having more hroup games for everyone would be idea?"
There is no consideration for it on any level of the board. Sure even the senior championship is a hindrance to them as its just in the way of the football.

Scheduling Senior championship games for the middle of the week shows that.

Irish_downunder (Meath) - Posts: 636 - 28/06/2024 08:01:27    2555309

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In tipperary they've had midweek game with senior hurling championship this year. In some cases its because both clubs request the fixture to be midweek.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 48 - 28/06/2024 12:49:05    2555371

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Replying To Premier12345:  "In tipperary they've had midweek game with senior hurling championship this year. In some cases its because both clubs request the fixture to be midweek."
Very difficult for a lad working on a site in Dublin, travelling back home after 6pm, to get adequate nutrition into them, then play a Senior Hurling match. Not fair on both teams.

Blueyellowandwhite (Meath) - Posts: 5 - 05/07/2024 11:15:29    2557032

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Leagues all done for 2024, new name appeared on the Div 3, nice to see KK/M win the league, surprising result in Div 1, expected Trim to retain this title, brings question mark over them, championship 1st round will be a huge game against Kildalkey, great result for Kiltale to win the Div 1, will be and are a handful any day of the week, nice be aging a small bit but don't write them off. Div 2 league, not a great sign for the weaker senior teams, other than 1 loss group stage loss Kildalkey cruised this league having won Div 3 last year. so onto championship we go, not sure why the first rounds are the seeded teams but hey ho,
Senior
Ratoath V Kiltale, tight affair, Draw
CNG V Kilmessan, Kilmessan by 6
Dunderry V Dunboyne, Dunderry by 3
BHG V Longwood, Longwood by 2
Kildalkey V Trim, hard to know, Trim could be a thorn here, Trim by 1
Killyon V Na Fianna, Na Fianna by 6

Inter
Dunboyne V Kells, Kells by 10
Navan V Don/Ash, Navan by 3
Rathmolyon V Pats, Rath by 15
Trim V Boardsmill, Boardsmill by 4
Kildalkey V KK/M, KK/M by 5

ParcT (Meath) - Posts: 6 - 05/07/2024 12:30:28    2557049

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Great to see the Meath Hurling Championships starting next week. Here are my predictions. Intersetd to see who agrees or disagrees with the below.

Senior Hurling Championship
Group A

Clann na nGael vs Kilmessan: this should be a close match. Kilmessan looking good in the league and swept Clann na nGael aside last weekend. I expect more of the same, but with margin not as big. Kilmessan by 7
Dunderry vs Dunboyne: again, this will be a close match. If Dunderry play to the level they bare capable of, they could pose Dunboyne plenty of problems. But they can be very hot or very cold. I expect Dunboyne to reverse the league defeat here. Dunboyne by 5
Kildalkey vs Trim: is this the eventual final? I would not read anything into the last league game where Kildalkey won by 14 points. This will be championship hurling at the highest level. Very hard to call but going to give Kildalkey the win here. Kildalkey by 2
Group B
Ratoath vs Kiltale:
big game in Group B. Fresh of winning the Division 1 League, Kiltale will be flying. The result will depend in large parts as to what Ratoath team turns up. But I think Kiltale take this one. Kiltale by 5
Blackhall Gaels vs Longwood: Should be an entertaining game. Blackhall played some great hurling last year to make the quarter final and win Group B. A poor league campaign but seemed to finish strong with some wins. Longwood just lost the League 3 Final to Kilskyre so playing some good hurling, but not sure they will be at the same level as Blackhall. Blackhall by 5
Killyon vs Na Fianna: two very evenly matched teams, although Killyon seemed to have shipped some huge defeats in Division 1 and were relegated after just coming up last year. Na Fianna got some good wins in the league over Kildalkey, Clann na nGael and beat Killyon easily also. But they seem to have lost there way over the second half of the league campaigns, losing 4 in a row. But still feel they are too strong for Killyon. Na Fianna by 6.

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group A
Wolfe Tones vs Drumree:
Should be an easy start for Drumree. Drumree by 10+
Dunboyne vs Gaeil Colmcille: Hard to call. Dunboyne by 3
Navan O'Mahonys vs Donaghmore/Ashbourne: Navan are dark horses for the Intermediate and with the easier Group, they should do well. Navan by 10.
Group B
Rathmoylon vs St. Pats: I fear for St. Pats this year. Rathmoylon by 15+
Trim vs Boardsmill: All depends on who Trim have available. Boardsmill look at sea this year and were relegated from Division2 after some heavy defeats. Trim by 6
Kildalkey vs Kilskyre/Moylagh: The game of round 1 in the Intermediate championship. Kilskyre on a high after winning Division 3 and Kildalkey second team won Division 2, beating a good Dunboyne team. The winner here will set early claim to be favourites for winning outright. Kildalkey just look so good, and this team would compete well at Senior. Again, just depends on who they have available to them once players play for the Senior team. Kildalkey by 3.

MeathHurler2023 (Meath) - Posts: 7 - 05/07/2024 13:31:40    2557059

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People talk about games promotion in this county.
On tuesday the div 1 hurling final was played , no match report up on here still.
Yet there is a preview of the last round of league games for div 4 football i kid you not.

hurlit (Meath) - Posts: 419 - 05/07/2024 14:17:56    2557067

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Replying To MeathHurler2023:  "Great to see the Meath Hurling Championships starting next week. Here are my predictions. Intersetd to see who agrees or disagrees with the below.

Senior Hurling Championship
Group A

Clann na nGael vs Kilmessan: this should be a close match. Kilmessan looking good in the league and swept Clann na nGael aside last weekend. I expect more of the same, but with margin not as big. Kilmessan by 7
Dunderry vs Dunboyne: again, this will be a close match. If Dunderry play to the level they bare capable of, they could pose Dunboyne plenty of problems. But they can be very hot or very cold. I expect Dunboyne to reverse the league defeat here. Dunboyne by 5
Kildalkey vs Trim: is this the eventual final? I would not read anything into the last league game where Kildalkey won by 14 points. This will be championship hurling at the highest level. Very hard to call but going to give Kildalkey the win here. Kildalkey by 2
Group B
Ratoath vs Kiltale:
big game in Group B. Fresh of winning the Division 1 League, Kiltale will be flying. The result will depend in large parts as to what Ratoath team turns up. But I think Kiltale take this one. Kiltale by 5
Blackhall Gaels vs Longwood: Should be an entertaining game. Blackhall played some great hurling last year to make the quarter final and win Group B. A poor league campaign but seemed to finish strong with some wins. Longwood just lost the League 3 Final to Kilskyre so playing some good hurling, but not sure they will be at the same level as Blackhall. Blackhall by 5
Killyon vs Na Fianna: two very evenly matched teams, although Killyon seemed to have shipped some huge defeats in Division 1 and were relegated after just coming up last year. Na Fianna got some good wins in the league over Kildalkey, Clann na nGael and beat Killyon easily also. But they seem to have lost there way over the second half of the league campaigns, losing 4 in a row. But still feel they are too strong for Killyon. Na Fianna by 6.

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group A
Wolfe Tones vs Drumree:
Should be an easy start for Drumree. Drumree by 10+
Dunboyne vs Gaeil Colmcille: Hard to call. Dunboyne by 3
Navan O'Mahonys vs Donaghmore/Ashbourne: Navan are dark horses for the Intermediate and with the easier Group, they should do well. Navan by 10.
Group B
Rathmoylon vs St. Pats: I fear for St. Pats this year. Rathmoylon by 15+
Trim vs Boardsmill: All depends on who Trim have available. Boardsmill look at sea this year and were relegated from Division2 after some heavy defeats. Trim by 6
Kildalkey vs Kilskyre/Moylagh: The game of round 1 in the Intermediate championship. Kilskyre on a high after winning Division 3 and Kildalkey second team won Division 2, beating a good Dunboyne team. The winner here will set early claim to be favourites for winning outright. Kildalkey just look so good, and this team would compete well at Senior. Again, just depends on who they have available to them once players play for the Senior team. Kildalkey by 3."
Senior Hurling Championship
Group A

Clann na nGael vs Kilmessan:
Kilmessan building, CnG not improving. Kilmessan by 10 points.

Dunderry vs Dunboyne:
Hard to call, both teams showed progression in the league. Dunderry by 1

Kildalkey vs Trim:
Very difficult to make anything of the matches they have played so far this year, low intensity and both missing starters. Kildalkey to edge by 4 points

Group B
Ratoath vs Kiltale:
Kiltale appear to be progressing this year, although heavily dependent on old guard. Ratoath have not impressed, although have been short of many of last years starting 15. Kiltale by 5

Blackhall Gaels vs Longwood:
Blackhall have had some impressive performances. Longwood appear to be in transition, plenty of young lads coming up and other lads coming to their final years. Blachall to win by 5.

Killyon vs Na Fianna:
Killyon in decline, Na Fianna on the rise. Na Fianna by 7 points.

Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group A
Wolfe Tones vs Drumree:
Very hard to call, neither impressive. Draw

Navan O'Mahonys vs Donaghmore/Ashbourne:
Both teams are under achievers. Navan have good numbers of young players coming through. Navan to win by 6 points

Group B
Rathmoylon vs St. Pats:
Easiest game to call, Rathmolyon by a cricket score. (St Pats in Intermediate without winning a Junior2 or Junior Championship)

Trim vs Boardsmill:
Trim will have the numbers, (if they manage both squads), Boardsmill will have to play out of their skins. Trim by 2

Kildalkey vs Kilskyre/Moylagh:
Kildalkey will need to manage both squads efficiently if they are to hold onto the Intermediate Championship. Kilskyre will have to be at full tilt to beat Kildalkey's 2nd team. Kildalkey by 4.

Blueyellowandwhite (Meath) - Posts: 5 - 06/07/2024 11:37:21    2557170

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