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Replying To Belclare:  "This age group for Claregalway are a special bunch in fairness, I could be corrected but I don't think they have lost a game in a few years, won Minor A u 16 A . They have won their games this year and even on occasions without a few county lads like Monaghan and Lonergan. Most teams now just flood players back against them and hope for the best but They still prevail..
As I said Claregalway with Corofin still the dominant force in A in the North , with Dunmore doing well.
The rest ......"
If they aren't beaten at this grade this year then the team coming behind them are the ones that won the all-ireland feile this year pretty easily.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 246 - 28/11/2022 13:22:17    2448955

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Thanks for clarifying this re the level of competition. One of my pet gripes is people over glorifying success at a lower grade. For sure a grading system is required , and for sure success in these grades should be celebrated and acknowledged but it should not be read in any way as a barometer of future success. A better indicator would be a school or club being competitive at A ( not wining) than actually winning B or C grades. In my opinion nobody should refer to winning a county or Connacht title at a lower grade as, ay, " winning the county title" without qualifying it with the grade as it is very misleading. You dont hear Westmeath people saying they won the All Ireland when they won the Tailteann Cup. Westmeath celebrated this win well and deservedly so, but they didn't celebrate it like the would if they had won the All Ireland, The media acknowledged that victory but not like as if they won Sam. And this is correct because over glorifying it would be unfair to teams like Galway, Derry, Armagh etc... who had no National success but had a great year and are still clearly ahead of Westmeath in any rankings for 2023."
In fairness I'm no angel with comments on certain clubs, but my gripe is normally down to clubs conceding fixtures. Now I understand some smaller clubs doing it when it's a case of numbers , but a town club in the North of the county doing it at u 19 is embarrassing. Milltown winning a C , Gabriel's winning a C , Carna Cashel these clubs deserve huge credit because people are working hard to achieve this... Especially with small player pools..
There's nothing wrong with achievements at B and C grades .

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 795 - 28/11/2022 14:07:11    2448963

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Replying To galway19:  "If they aren't beaten at this grade this year then the team coming behind them are the ones that won the all-ireland feile this year pretty easily."
They didn't have it all their own way in Galway. Oranmore won the Galway U15 championship.

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 558 - 28/11/2022 16:13:14    2448988

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Replying To GDL:  "Mountbellew also impressive in Minor B and with Holy Rosary winning schools connacht league they are also bringing players through. Galway minor A was very competitive this year, anyone could have won it. Although Claregalway had 5 or 6 from the county team other teams pushed them. They beat Tuam by 3 and Oranmore by 4, Oranmore beat Corofin by 3 and Moycullen beat Tuam today by 3. Moycullen would love to do the Senior/minor double."
Considering that those 5 County lads for Claregalway started training this time last year for minor County and most of those lads went straight through and played under 19 and under 17 for club,I think they deserve credit for still managing to get to minor club final and were within a whisker of beating Corofin at under 19 as well in North board final.These young lads have had no break and are tired so it's no wonder other teams have pushed them this year.Still a very special bunch of players no matter what happens ,as Belclare alluded too.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 48 - 28/11/2022 18:10:35    2449011

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Replying To SixtiesKid:  "Sad to see the game of hurling dying while an alien activity takes over.
The people of Craughwell and Clarenbridge are to be complemented for standing up for hurling and their traditions.
Hope its not too late in Kinvara."
I am from south Galway and in delighted to see Gaelic football played in south Galway the same as seeing hurling been played in the north and west Galway if both codes pulled together, we Galway could be very successful at hurling/Gaelic football

gboy (Galway) - Posts: 25 - 29/11/2022 11:32:12    2449044

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Replying To SixtiesKid:  "Sad to see the game of hurling dying while an alien activity takes over.
The people of Craughwell and Clarenbridge are to be complemented for standing up for hurling and their traditions.
Hope its not too late in Kinvara."
Delighted to see football flourishing in parts of South Galway, just like it's also great to see hurling being played in places like Moycullen, Sylane etc. All clubs should be striving to promote all codes (hurling, Camogie, football for men and women).

football first (None) - Posts: 1255 - 29/11/2022 11:42:01    2449046

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Ian Burke back training with the footballers anyway.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 2017 - 29/11/2022 15:01:18    2449067

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Replying To Marooned:  "Ian Burke back training with the footballers anyway."
Great news. Does anybody know is Ian still based in Dublin? Also, was his last season with Galway 2019 or 2020?

GalwaysFinest (Galway) - Posts: 127 - 29/11/2022 16:31:18    2449072

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Replying To Marooned:  "Ian Burke back training with the footballers anyway."
Old news

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 795 - 29/11/2022 17:40:47    2449079

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Last season was 2020 I think.

Great to see Barry McHugh back as well.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1450 - 29/11/2022 18:26:59    2449082

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Replying To GalwaysFinest:  "Great news. Does anybody know is Ian still based in Dublin? Also, was his last season with Galway 2019 or 2020?"
Not sure is he still in Dublin or not. His last year was 2020. He played in the Connacht final that year.
Hopefully he can get back to something nearer his 2017 & 2018 form than his 2019 & 2020 form.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1081 - 29/11/2022 18:42:11    2449085

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Who are the other new lads who joined the panel apart from Ian Burke?

Trucker1 (Galway) - Posts: 334 - 29/11/2022 19:35:24    2449090

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Replying To Trucker1:  "Who are the other new lads who joined the panel apart from Ian Burke?"
Barry Mc Hugh, John maher, Mike Daly will get a chance to see how he is after the injuries..
Evan Murphy from Salthill another..

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 795 - 30/11/2022 09:12:04    2449107

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Peter Cullen in Clifden finally has got his deserved call up too. He'll be a huge addition next year whenever Clifden finish up.

Oranmorereferee22 (Galway) - Posts: 3 - 30/11/2022 09:20:35    2449108

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I was hoping it was 8 goalkeepers he had in on trial.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 140 - 30/11/2022 10:06:04    2449113

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Galway manager Pádraic Joyce is hopeful a number of players, who impressed in club action, can make an impact in the 2023 Allianz Football League.

Ian Burke, an All-Star in 2018, Mountbellew-Moylough's Barry McHugh, and Salthill-Knocknacarra duo John Maher and Evan Murphy are training with the Galway panel at the moment.

"We're back since Thursday night," Joyce says. "We have a couple of new bodies in a bit of a development type of squad to try to make the current squad. That's what we have until Christmas. We probably won't have everyone back until January, to be honest."

"We'll definitely try out a lot of lads in the early part of the season to see if we can get probably the three or four lads that we might have been lacking last year with a bit of depth to try to help us over the line."

Joyce also confirmed that a further discussion will be held with Maigh Cuilinn's Peter Cooke soon. "We had a phone conversation a couple of weeks back, I wished him well with the club and we'll sit down and chat when it's over," Joyce says.

"He has a few things to sort out on his side with work in America and different things. Again, the ball is in Peter's court. We'll take him back with open arms if he's willing to come back - if he can.

"If he comes back, he needs to commit fully to it, not be coming and going to America. That's just the way inter-county has gone. If he does come back he'll be a big addition to us."

Seán Ó Maolchiaráin, who suffered a serious knee injury in January, may feature in the Spring. "He is okay," Joyce says. "He's had a really peculiar injury where his kneecap kind of broke in three places. Our medical team are doing the best they can.

"He is going to the best experts in the country. It is a very unusual injury, because there are not many players it has happened to previously so they have no-one to compare it to. But he's in the gym, he's doing his work.

"He's teaching now in Claregalway. He's doing as well as he can. He's on progress to make a comeback probably February or March, but again, you have to ask the question, is he going to come back from injury, being out for a year, and going to be able to play 19 games in a row. That's the big question for us.

"The main thing for us is that the young fella gets back healthy and gets back playing and we just take it from there."

Kieran Molloy, so impressive for Galway recently, is also ruled out for a significant spell due to a cruciate knee ligament injury. "He had his operation straight away," Joyce says. "Cathal Moran in Santry looked after him straight away, got him in.

"He's 10 months, people say you might come back in eight or nine, but anyone that does, usually breaks down.

"Kieran is a great fella. In fairness to him, he's been in the gym since the injury and his enthusiasm is unbelievable. He will be a huge loss to us because he's a very good utility player for us. We could give him different jobs, different jobs.

"Never raise a question if he is playing corner back, playing midfield, whatever, he just goes and plays. He will be a big loss for us."

Unfortunately Michael Daly, who missed the 2022 campaign through injury, isn't available yet either.

"Michael had a knee operation and he's just struggling to come back from that," Joyce states. "No one else really of note. Michael is struggling to get that knee right.

"If he was right we'd have him in, but currently he's not. I don't know, I think he's behind schedule on that knee rehabilitation he's doing.

"There are lads who have played club championship. Barry McHugh from Mountbellew was in before and he's back in with us after a great club championship. Evan Murphy would have been there before as well - he got a bad knee injury with us a couple of years back, but he's back again now.

"He played well this year in the latter stages of the championship with Salthill - he's a good, physical young fella. That's basically it. There are a few lads in from the clubs who are trying to impress."

Salthill-Knocknacarra midfielder John Maher also captured Joyce's attention. "John is another fella who was in with us a couple of years ago and then went travelling for a year," Joyce says.

"He's back and had a really good club championship this year with Salthill. He's a really good fella. He's committed to the cause and he's a fine athlete, so it's up to us to put a bit of football into him. He's back training and training well, in fairness to him.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 2017 - 30/11/2022 10:35:10    2449118

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Thanks for clarifying this re the level of competition. One of my pet gripes is people over glorifying success at a lower grade. For sure a grading system is required , and for sure success in these grades should be celebrated and acknowledged but it should not be read in any way as a barometer of future success. A better indicator would be a school or club being competitive at A ( not wining) than actually winning B or C grades. In my opinion nobody should refer to winning a county or Connacht title at a lower grade as, ay, " winning the county title" without qualifying it with the grade as it is very misleading. You dont hear Westmeath people saying they won the All Ireland when they won the Tailteann Cup. Westmeath celebrated this win well and deservedly so, but they didn't celebrate it like the would if they had won the All Ireland, The media acknowledged that victory but not like as if they won Sam. And this is correct because over glorifying it would be unfair to teams like Galway, Derry, Armagh etc... who had no National success but had a great year and are still clearly ahead of Westmeath in any rankings for 2023."
Just to clarify a lot of mis information..
Dunmore CS beat The Bish in the Connacht Colleges Senior A championship. They beat Jarlaths Claregalway on route to winning this competition.

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 795 - 30/11/2022 11:03:10    2449124

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Big weekend for galway on the football front. The fact ye are competing in all 3 of the provincial finals shows the high standard of club football in the county. I expect moycullen to win with a few to spare finding it hard to split doms and dunmore and wouldn't know a lot about clifden.

Steve7843 (Roscommon) - Posts: 13 - 30/11/2022 11:24:18    2449127

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Is Mathew Reddington going in? I heard his name mentioned but I know he might be travelling too next year.

Jellybaby (Dublin) - Posts: 301 - 30/11/2022 12:05:14    2449137

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Replying To Belclare:  "Just to clarify a lot of mis information..
Dunmore CS beat The Bish in the Connacht Colleges Senior A championship. They beat Jarlaths Claregalway on route to winning this competition."
No they didn't. The competition they won is one run separately for Galway schools only - NOT the Connacht colleges senior A championship.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1081 - 30/11/2022 13:35:17    2449149

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