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Hurling All-Stars - 5 Like(s)

Replying To wexico15:  "I think Limerick will get about 9 or 10, rightly or wrongly I think any 50/50 calls involving Limerick will go against Limerick. Perfect example goalkeeper where Quaid or Murphy would both be a worthy winner for me but I reckon Murphy will get it. I think alot of the time even optics can play a part which sort of undermines the whole thing."
For me the whole has been undermined long ago. When they failed to give John Galvin an All Star in'10 that finished me with the whole charade- he was the best midfielder in Ireland that year by a country mile and when the players picked their team they recognised that. and I could not care less if our lads never got an All Star- all that matters is winning All Irelands or at least provincial titles. Anyway, anything over five awards for any one team is a joke. At least the Railways Cups long ago tried to give recognition to stalwart players from small counties, but The All Stars Selection Committee go out of their way to ignore them

Oldtourman (National) - 07/12/2021 12:54:52

Alan Dillon Comparing GAA Referees With Soccer - 4 Like(s)

Replying To moc.dna:  "Worldwide pandemic crisis, housing & rental crisis, hospitals overrun, schools at breaking point, inflation jumping, energy crisis with threats of blackouts, insurance still scamming people, people on zero contract hours & minimum wage jobs, criminals running riot with 100's convictions, drugs awash in every part of the country, most expensive hospital ever built in the world, the list of serious problems in this country is endless & all this genius can be concerned about is referees's, beggars belief & calls into question his abilities. The most high profile GAA referee in the country has even come out & dismissed his statement. Why do we elect people like this, this guy is one of the 166 people elected to run the country & his only contribution is about refereeing. Let the individual sports bodies who have lots of very highly paid staff & CEO's sort out the issues around referees, that is their job & if they can't run their organisation let the members get rid of them. No surprise that his party are sliding down the polls, people who have zero interest in running the State for the betterment of its citizens, only concerned about vested interests, vulture funds or setting themselves up for big jobs in Europe or the U.N. & are so far out of their depth in doing so. Parish Pump Politicians."
Was Dillon not speaking as the deputy chair of the Dáil's Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media? I believe he was. Now all the issues you mentioned in your rant are serious but Mr Dillon and the Dail sport committee won't be solving them.

yew_tree (National) - 07/12/2021 13:15:24

Westmeath Hurling - 3 Like(s)
Congrats to our lads who made mc Donagh team of the year. A special well done to jogger Doyle player of the year. Great to have 7 lads honoured. Would love yo see one of them push on and get an all star next year.... So long since we had one

Onionbagger (National) - 07/12/2021 09:09:28

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 2 Like(s)

Replying To yew_tree:  "No mention of Colm Boyle. Great servant to Mayo down the years. Always have it his all."
His retirement passed me by but what a player. Superb defender whose ability to nail a point, outside of the boot, from the 45 was uncanny. It nearly became his signature move. The fact that he didn't complete the full game in 2017, for whatever reason, is as big a reason why Dublin won as anything else imo.

MesAmis (National) - 07/12/2021 07:51:38

All Things Galway Hurling - 2 Like(s)

Replying To WanPintWin:  "I haven't seen it published anywhere either. The only place I've heard it was Connacht vs Ulster and Munster vs Leinster, was on a hurling podcast. Not an iron clad source, but they seemed to be sure these were the pairings."
I've looked at the last 6 Senior Club All-Ireland semi-finals. These are the pairings by Provence: 2015 - Connacht v Leinster, Munster v Ulster 2016 - C v U, M v L 2017 - C v M, L v U 2018 - C v L, M v U 2019 - C v U, M v L 2020 - C v M, L v U 2021 - No Championship due to Covid. There's a pattern, so I'll stick my neck out and say that the 2022 semi-finals will be Connacht v Leinster, and Munster v Ulster.

Cockney_Cat (National) - 07/12/2021 11:14:03

Money Grabbing Gareth Brooks - 2 Like(s)

Replying To KillingFields:  "[quote=Pikeman96:  "@KillingFields: I don't know why you're arguing with me when you actually agree with me -you write "the assets of stands and terracing dont make any money when no crowds to full them" (sic) So, let me re-phrase my own bit one more time: The stands and terraces at Croke Park are empty for long periods throughout the year. Hopefully we can move on now. :)"
you keep saying the seats are empty for large parts of year as if its an issue. it isnt as financially croke park will make more than enough with its meeting rooms, spaces, conference rooms etc"]Well, you're partly correct, in that I've had to point out more than once (and explain in greater detail than I would have thought necessary) that the stands and terracing are empty for large parts of the year. However, I never claimed that's an issue. My original point was simply to say that as the condensed inter-county calendar means that the stands & terracing will no longer be used to host large match crowds during August and September, there will be more opportunities to host concerts there instead, as an additional income stream. I never suggested that Croke Park will have to hold concerts in order to make up a financial shortfall, and nor did I ever suggest that there are no other income streams there. Hopefully THIS time we can move on. :)

Pikeman96 (National) - 07/12/2021 15:42:42

All Things Galway Hurling - 2 Like(s)

Replying To baire:  "Had a look there at the hurling clubs that won an All-Ireland between 1971-2020. Number of clubs from each county and the number of All Irelands won in ( ) 7 Galway clubs (13) 5 Cork Clubs (9) 4 Kilkenny Clubs (13) 3 Tipp Clubs (3) 2 Clare Clubs (2) 1 Offaly (4) 1 Antrim (2) 1 Dublin (2) 1 Limerick (1) 1 Wexford (1) This is from Wikipedia. Is it correct? 7 Galway clubs have won an All Ireland, the same as all the Leinster clubs combined. It's surprising to see only 3 clubs from Tipp with 3 All-Irelands in total. 1 Club from Limerick, 1 All-Ireland, ditto Wexford."
I Club and 1 All Ireland from limrik in the last 50yrs is a terrible bad record.

katser (National) - 07/12/2021 16:22:25

All Things Galway Hurling - 1 Like(s)

Replying To CillTormoir:  "isn't available online anyway"
I haven't seen it published anywhere either. The only place I've heard it was Connacht vs Ulster and Munster vs Leinster, was on a hurling podcast. Not an iron clad source, but they seemed to be sure these were the pairings.

WanPintWin (National) - 07/12/2021 09:52:16

Alan Dillon Comparing GAA Referees With Soccer - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Claretandblue:  "Rugby referees have made complete cock ups of crucial matches at the highest level. In 2017 Lions series the ref awarded a late penalty correctly to NZ but then decided as match was a draw to award a scrum. Beyond farcical. In 2015 WC Scotland were robbed against Australia by a ref who blew the final whistle as he ran for the tunnel. Laughable if it wasn't so serious. Rugby officials not nearly as respected as we're led to believe. The numbers playing each week are far fewer than GAA or soccer, hence fewer controversial incidents"
Nobody is saying rugby referees dont make mistakes. theyre human. Rugby referees are respected far more than soccer, gaa refs though. yes there is less playing but even taking that into account there is far less incidents of abuse/controversial incidents in rugby...

KillingFields (National) - 07/12/2021 09:56:10

Stepping Away And Retirements (Early) - 1 Like(s)
Best of luck to Colm Boyle on his retirement.A brilliant player

CiarraiMick (National) - 07/12/2021 10:48:24

Money Grabbing Gareth Brooks - 1 Like(s)
@KillingFields: I don't know why you're arguing with me when you actually agree with me -you write "the assets of stands and terracing dont make any money when no crowds to full them" (sic) So, let me re-phrase my own bit one more time: The stands and terraces at Croke Park are empty for long periods throughout the year. Hopefully we can move on now. :)

Pikeman96 (National) - 07/12/2021 10:52:31

All Things Galway Hurling - 1 Like(s)
Had a look there at the hurling clubs that won an All-Ireland between 1971-2020. Number of clubs from each county and the number of All Irelands won in ( ) 7 Galway clubs (13) 5 Cork Clubs (9) 4 Kilkenny Clubs (13) 3 Tipp Clubs (3) 2 Clare Clubs (2) 1 Offaly (4) 1 Antrim (2) 1 Dublin (2) 1 Limerick (1) 1 Wexford (1) This is from Wikipedia. Is it correct? 7 Galway clubs have won an All Ireland, the same as all the Leinster clubs combined. It's surprising to see only 3 clubs from Tipp with 3 All-Irelands in total. 1 Club from Limerick, 1 All-Ireland, ditto Wexford.

baire (National) - 07/12/2021 11:38:20

Kerry GAA thread - 1 Like(s)

Replying To bennybunny:  "Stacks v NCW is a Kerry venue. I assume that is Austin Stack Park. Stacks will be clear favourites for the Munster championship. Reading between the lines of one of Pat Spillane's recent columns, it is almost a foregone conclusion. Whether it is or not, remains to be seen. I would say of the four remaining teams , all have a reasonable tradition and are big clubs within their counties. Obviously they are going well but I wouldn't have been thinking any would have had a Munster title in sights at the start of the year..the county would have been the only focus (unlike say a Kilcoo now or Dr Crokes,Corofin,Nemo Crossmaglen of times past). This is bonus territory for all really so in that sense it is open enough. We'll see how it pans out. Hopefully we will get three good games..no negative stuff.."
I wouldn't take any notice of Pat Benny, Stacks are good but the style of football they play and the lack of a marquee forward means they won't put up massive scores against other good teams but they won't concede a whole pile either because they're very defensive .

KingdomBoy1 (National) - 07/12/2021 12:38:00

All Things Galway Hurling - 1 Like(s)

Replying To baire:  "Had a look there at the hurling clubs that won an All-Ireland between 1971-2020. Number of clubs from each county and the number of All Irelands won in ( ) 7 Galway clubs (13) 5 Cork Clubs (9) 4 Kilkenny Clubs (13) 3 Tipp Clubs (3) 2 Clare Clubs (2) 1 Offaly (4) 1 Antrim (2) 1 Dublin (2) 1 Limerick (1) 1 Wexford (1) This is from Wikipedia. Is it correct? 7 Galway clubs have won an All Ireland, the same as all the Leinster clubs combined. It's surprising to see only 3 clubs from Tipp with 3 All-Irelands in total. 1 Club from Limerick, 1 All-Ireland, ditto Wexford."
As regards Limerick, it is not really that surprising. At any one time there are only three or at most four clubs capable of winning the county title. Many big clubs of the past have either disappeared or all but. I am talking of clubs of clubs like Croom, Treaty Sarsfield, Young Irelands, Fedamore, Cappamore and Claughaun, among others. The days when Ahane brought 11 All Irelands to the parish on the one day are long gone. If the club championship had started 40 years earlier that club would probably have won a good few. The fact is our county teams' successes are truly amazing, considering that the game is no longer played at a serious over vast tracks of the county. As I have often said before Cork have at least five to one for every hurler we have.

Oldtourman (National) - 07/12/2021 12:46:09

Alan Dillon Comparing GAA Referees With Soccer - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Mayonman:  "As a public representative it is his job to highlight stuff. This puts the pressure on the organsations in question to sort their house out. I have no affiliation to AD football or political wise but reading some of the above comments, while they could not be described as vicious (very mild to be fair), they still attacked the messenger rather than the message and shows how personalised comments have become the norm in society. We should not therefore be surprised when abuse starts on football, rugby, soccer pitches...... outside chippers etc. This has become an all to common trend on this form. Some great robust debates, opinion, fact, counter fact, great to read but then you get someone who decides to attack the messenger. It has got to the stage that you would want to be a masochist to be a referee or a politician. If we keep the abuse going online/offline who will do the job???? what will we be left with???? the cream of the crop.......i don't so. Personally if I was guaranteed to be elected I still wouldn't become a TD and not a hope would I referee a game. You only know you've done a good job if everyone hates you equally!"
Nail on the head. Great post.

Greengrass (National) - 07/12/2021 12:50:21

Wexford Football Championship - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Lockerroomboy:  "Just looking at the paper for under 20 football, Hughes from kilnaerin and Waters from martins scoring heavy, surely on David Murphys radar,"
I see young Kyle Rankin scoring heavily for Our Lady's Island i think his only gone 17 great from a young lad that age.

trigger2020 (National) - 07/12/2021 14:44:28