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Getting well ahead of myself I know but I see winner of Galway Moycullen in my eyes getting through Connacht and I also think munster than is best draw for them. I do see it being very tight between moycullen & Corofin but moycullens athletsim getting them over the line by a point or 2. Dont see it being a classic but hoping im wrong. Ah surely Michaels arent going again with this madness delighted Lmore bet them and I feel Michaels architects of own downfall here concentrating on appeals rather than football. D Burke if available for Corofin would obv be a positive but surely he would have to be training with them no way could you throw him in if he has not football played all year. Is Leonard injured or away? I know Ian Burke is overseas and unavailable.

Eire89 (Galway) - Posts: 246 - 23/10/2023 15:15:37    2509892

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At start of intermediate championships It was hard see carraoe going down I thought killerrin would and 2 be honest it's hard see killerrin ever making it back up to even intermediate they have no population and no underage teams for I'd say last 6 years it's going happen lots more rural club sad but it's the new normal

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 789 - 23/10/2023 15:55:54    2509900

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Replying To smallfrank:  "We came a cropper this year because we had to play Sean Kelly on 1 leg. The last thing that man needs is a long run with the club."
I saw comments on this subject attributed to Jarlath Burns recently, in relation to his young lad opting out with Armagh next year. Burns was saying that the new split schedule is extremely draining on county players. Flat out with the county for 6-7 months, followed by an expectation to dig deep and lead with the club for 4-5 months. No let up for county players these days was his point.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3347 - 23/10/2023 16:17:36    2509914

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Replying To smallfrank:  "We came a cropper this year because we had to play Sean Kelly on 1 leg. The last thing that man needs is a long run with the club."
It's Sean Kelly; hes capable to win both. Would rather see him do it with Maigh Cuillin than Walsh with Kilmacuds. He got a bit of a rest, only played 2 club matches so far. The injuries also got as bad as it did because of the absolute thug from Mayo who kicked him in the ankle.

Gearoid1998ffowaed (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 23/10/2023 17:05:35    2509930

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Replying To Kickitout:  "At start of intermediate championships It was hard see carraoe going down I thought killerrin would and 2 be honest it's hard see killerrin ever making it back up to even intermediate they have no population and no underage teams for I'd say last 6 years it's going happen lots more rural club sad but it's the new normal"
While the declining birth rate is a huge factor for rural clubs it is not the only one for many. Can't see how Kilconly could have much more of a pick than Killererin. In 1999 when Killererin defeated An Cheathru Rua (who joined them in the drop to junior on Saturday) in a replay to win the Frank Fox they had 4 sets of brothers playing. A couple of years earlier Killererin were on very thin ice and just survived mainly due to Tommy Wilson. The Tuam Herald described a championship match in 1996 between themselves and Dunmore as the worst played in Tuam Stadium in living memory, finishing 8 points to 6. The arrival on the scene of the fantastic Tommy Joyce and his Superstar brother turned things around almost overnight. For a club depending on a few families it is hard to overstate the enormity of their achievements in winning 4 club finals in 11 years, and getting to extra time in the 2010 Connacht final. Those who go to club matches were treated to out of this world fare by PJ, supplied by Tommy, and assisted by Nicky for 11 or 12 years. For the others on the team and panel, the opportunity to be in a team with the then best player in Ireland, ensured that they gave it everything, and more, in training. The decline was swift following the departure of of the brothers and their cousin. One of the biggest and most difficult calls for managers when a very good goes into decline is whether to bring in youngsters or stick to old guard. The former is the only hope long term but will involve suffering hefty defeats, but defeats that will bring on the team. Sticking to the old guard is safer but only delays the inevitable. Cortoon, Killererin, Kill-Clon, Caherlistran and Milltown found it hard bring through young players. I know Milltown could be in a county final had they had a little bit of luck yesterday but I cannot see them getting anywhere near the last 4 next year, unless they shed a few of the older players. Even the mighty Corofin will have big decisions to make next year. Kilconly and Monivea Abbey have bucked the trend and have taken tough decisions over the past 4 or 5 years. They now have teams that will I believe will be more than a match for anyone next year. Amalgamation is probably not the answer either. 20 Years could change everything again.

giveitlong (Galway) - Posts: 1210 - 23/10/2023 18:09:52    2509941

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Semi finals at weekend

Mounbellew Moylough again Moycullen. Cook very strong . pJ will have plenty to think about for Galway team. Hard luck for young Daly, only 2 points in the end but Dessy Conneely did the business for moycuellen.Owen Gallagher is a big addition to them. Barret found it hard. Eoin finnety got 3 from play and be hard bet in final. Sean Kelly had space to score but he can do the same runs for county. Barry McHugh and Gary sweeney showed the effort
Miltown v Corofin. Corofin with experience of Sice and Tony Gill was on form. Catal Blake was not fit for midfield, old and slow. Then sam Blake sent off went again corofin. He done nothing anyway. But Miltown goals were soft. Corofin nearly let it slip. Jack Kirrane will be seen by PJ for galway and the Costello brothers. Lucky that Miltown took of Colm Brennan who was their best player. Moycullen will probably beat corofin now but they not as good as their golden years.
The Galway bay reports on the matches seem like no of the two men were at the matches. Very poor. Why can they not cover the match? Mid west are professional

justanotherpoint (Clare) - Posts: 1 - 23/10/2023 22:13:07    2509963

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Replying To Eire89:  "Getting well ahead of myself I know but I see winner of Galway Moycullen in my eyes getting through Connacht and I also think munster than is best draw for them. I do see it being very tight between moycullen & Corofin but moycullens athletsim getting them over the line by a point or 2. Dont see it being a classic but hoping im wrong. Ah surely Michaels arent going again with this madness delighted Lmore bet them and I feel Michaels architects of own downfall here concentrating on appeals rather than football. D Burke if available for Corofin would obv be a positive but surely he would have to be training with them no way could you throw him in if he has not football played all year. Is Leonard injured or away? I know Ian Burke is overseas and unavailable."
Ian Burke has been finished as a footballer for the best part of a decade.

Club or county - point me to the last time he had a good game ?

MapleSyrup (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 24/10/2023 09:32:03    2509972

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I don't think anything has been confirmed yet with Cooke staying around next year so from a county perspective Moycullen need to go as far as possible to make sure he doesn't head back to New York. Irreplaceable in the county team in my opinion.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 620 - 24/10/2023 10:07:26    2509980

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Date for Galway London is Saturday 6th April at 3pm in Ruislip

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 620 - 24/10/2023 10:22:07    2509988

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Are Corofin capable of winning the Galway senior championship this year? Moycullen seem to have a habit of winning tight matches without overly impressing. Good trait for any team to have but when sailing that close to wind you can get caught.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3303 - 24/10/2023 11:09:17    2510007

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "Ian Burke has been finished as a footballer for the best part of a decade.

Club or county - point me to the last time he had a good game ?"
I agree that he was not up to county standard last few yrs but I still think he could do a job for Corofin and would be an addition but is not involved as overseas. I see Moycullen winning a tight battle and having a big say in AI series. I McLoughlin available for it all no more aussie rules? Is Leonard unavailble through injury or is he away? Corofin having Lundy back also a big addition to them.

Eire89 (Galway) - Posts: 246 - 24/10/2023 12:21:01    2510024

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Replying To justanotherpoint:  "Semi finals at weekend

Mounbellew Moylough again Moycullen. Cook very strong . pJ will have plenty to think about for Galway team. Hard luck for young Daly, only 2 points in the end but Dessy Conneely did the business for moycuellen.Owen Gallagher is a big addition to them. Barret found it hard. Eoin finnety got 3 from play and be hard bet in final. Sean Kelly had space to score but he can do the same runs for county. Barry McHugh and Gary sweeney showed the effort
Miltown v Corofin. Corofin with experience of Sice and Tony Gill was on form. Catal Blake was not fit for midfield, old and slow. Then sam Blake sent off went again corofin. He done nothing anyway. But Miltown goals were soft. Corofin nearly let it slip. Jack Kirrane will be seen by PJ for galway and the Costello brothers. Lucky that Miltown took of Colm Brennan who was their best player. Moycullen will probably beat corofin now but they not as good as their golden years.
The Galway bay reports on the matches seem like no of the two men were at the matches. Very poor. Why can they not cover the match? Mid west are professional"
Remind us all once again why Owen Gallagher isn't starting for Galway??? It's madness.

Gearoid1998ffowaed (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 24/10/2023 12:33:54    2510030

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Replying To Gearoid1998ffowaed:  "Remind us all once again why Owen Gallagher isn't starting for Galway??? It's madness."
Isn't he finishing up with Moycullen at the end of this campaign? Word at a few games this year has been that he is moving back to Antrim next year.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 620 - 24/10/2023 13:29:23    2510058

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I know it was mentioned here before but does anybody know why there appears to be strict rules on warm ups in Tuam stadium? I noticed for the first game Sunday both teams were packed into a gravel/stone/bark section behind the old dressing rooms? This was different to pearse stadium on the sat. I would guess this was the reason there was a different start time in tuam too

Josphine (Galway) - Posts: 26 - 24/10/2023 13:40:41    2510060

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Replying To MapleSyrup:  "Ian Burke has been finished as a footballer for the best part of a decade.

Club or county - point me to the last time he had a good game ?"
Exceptional for Corofin over period when they won 4 all Ireland club titles starting in 2015.

offthepost (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 24/10/2023 14:12:13    2510071

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Replying To Gearoid1998ffowaed:  "Remind us all once again why Owen Gallagher isn't starting for Galway??? It's madness."
Agree pound for pound over last 3years he has probably been best club player in Galway. I feel PJ didn give him much time to our downfall still cant get over Eoin Finnerty coming on against kerry in final last year having got 0 minutes in champ prior to date

Eire89 (Galway) - Posts: 246 - 24/10/2023 14:30:08    2510074

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Fractured tibia for McDaid. Will be out for a number of months.

Sam O'Neill has been ruled out with a torn PCL and meniscus for approximately four months

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 2168 - 24/10/2023 15:00:20    2510078

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Replying To Marooned:  "Fractured tibia for McDaid. Will be out for a number of months.

Sam O'Neill has been ruled out with a torn PCL and meniscus for approximately four months"
That's actually quite fortunate for Sam O Neill that it isn't an ACL.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 620 - 24/10/2023 15:32:10    2510085

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Replying To Eire89:  "Agree pound for pound over last 3years he has probably been best club player in Galway. I feel PJ didn give him much time to our downfall still cant get over Eoin Finnerty coming on against kerry in final last year having got 0 minutes in champ prior to date"
What do you mean by "pound for pound" in this context? Are you suggesting that heavier players should be better?

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 819 - 24/10/2023 19:17:12    2510125

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Replying To Gearoid1998ffowaed:  "Remind us all once again why Owen Gallagher isn't starting for Galway??? It's madness."
Take off your Moycullen hat

LetsPlayBall (Galway) - Posts: 51 - 25/10/2023 08:54:22    2510162

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