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Replying To Alwaysencourage:  "Alot of that team concentrating on leaving cert and just playing with club this year."
Yea . Just highlights the folly of moving minor to u17 . u21 to u20. Main justification at the time was that u18s doing leaving cert. But now you have loads of Leaving Certs playing u20. GAA were totally out of tune with the shift in LC age profile.
On a separate note , the Leaving Cert is not the ultimate life/career defining exam that it once was. Parents should encourage lads to play sport during the LC cycle.. Its good for their overall health

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 850 - 21/03/2024 14:51:29    2532510

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Yea . Just highlights the folly of moving minor to u17 . u21 to u20. Main justification at the time was that u18s doing leaving cert. But now you have loads of Leaving Certs playing u20. GAA were totally out of tune with the shift in LC age profile.
On a separate note , the Leaving Cert is not the ultimate life/career defining exam that it once was. Parents should encourage lads to play sport during the LC cycle.. Its good for their overall health"
Is underage football in Galway at odd numbers this year (eg u11, u13, u15 and u17)?
This whole thing seems a bit of a mess with some counties going odd and others even.

If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks

fergalfrog (Galway) - Posts: 1 - 21/03/2024 15:47:03    2532518

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Replying To fergalfrog:  "Is underage football in Galway at odd numbers this year (eg u11, u13, u15 and u17)?
This whole thing seems a bit of a mess with some counties going odd and others even.

If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks"
Yes. Odd number age-groups for championships underage in hurling and football in Galway. The only exception is hurling has U20, while football has U19.
There are some smaller league competitions played in some of the even age groups, but the odd ages are the main competitions.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2078 - 21/03/2024 16:08:23    2532521

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Replying To GDL:  "He plays for St Michaels. The other very exciting player from St Michaels is Ethan Forentini who looked very promising on the Johnny McGrath captained minor final losing team versus Cork in 2019. We've seen a few from that team Johnny McGrath, Cian Heron, James McLaughlin, Daniel O'Flaherty and Tomo. I personally thought Donnie O'Halleran was going to come through for goals but his clubman Kyle Gilmore is probably ahead of him now with Cortoon. The other two from that team I'd like to see get a run at the Senior team are Warren Seoige and Dylan Brady (who had an injury last year) but will probably be back for Corofin this year as I seen him togged at Sigerson games this year for UCG."
You don't just give lads a run on the senior team because they were good minors 5 tears ago. Some of those named aren't making their club teams

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 372 - 21/03/2024 18:37:26    2532549

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Yea . Just highlights the folly of moving minor to u17 . u21 to u20. Main justification at the time was that u18s doing leaving cert. But now you have loads of Leaving Certs playing u20. GAA were totally out of tune with the shift in LC age profile.
On a separate note , the Leaving Cert is not the ultimate life/career defining exam that it once was. Parents should encourage lads to play sport during the LC cycle.. Its good for their overall health"
True but the commitment to county football is huge and they still have to pass leaving cert.Like I said all those lads are playing with their club as well alot at senior level so to them that's enough.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 230 - 21/03/2024 19:57:59    2532559

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Replying To smallfrank:  "You don't just give lads a run on the senior team because they were good minors 5 tears ago. Some of those named aren't making their club teams"
I have to disagree with you, these are exceptional players and they were unlucky to lose the 2019 All Irrland final after extra time. We had it won with 30 seconds to go in injury time when Cork got a late goal. Niall Cunningham had just got one for us a minute before that. Anyways,
1.Johnny McGrath, starts for Caherlistrane
2.Cian Heron, starts for Bearna
3.James McLaughlin, starts for Moycullen
4.Daniel O'Flaherty, starts for Salthill
5.Tomo Culhane, starts for Salthill
6.As pointed out Kyle Gilmore is ahead of O'Halloran at Cortoon.
7.Warren Seoige, starts for Naomh Anna
8.Dylan Brady, starts for Corofin and was very good in 2021 and 2022, apparently had a very bad knee injury last year.
9. Ethan Forentini is the only one I haven't seen recently, in my opinion he was the best player on that 2019 All Ireland minor final team, but sure it is all about opinions.

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 729 - 21/03/2024 21:35:53    2532568

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Replying To Alwaysencourage:  "True but the commitment to county football is huge and they still have to pass leaving cert.Like I said all those lads are playing with their club as well alot at senior level so to them that's enough."
Everyone's personal choice. But in 20 years time no one will ask you how many points you got in LC. But it might be nice to say u played IC u20. And there's always another opportunity to do LC....you are never overage. And loads of other ways of achieving a good career.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 850 - 21/03/2024 21:52:04    2532572

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Replying To GDL:  "I have to disagree with you, these are exceptional players and they were unlucky to lose the 2019 All Irrland final after extra time. We had it won with 30 seconds to go in injury time when Cork got a late goal. Niall Cunningham had just got one for us a minute before that. Anyways,
1.Johnny McGrath, starts for Caherlistrane
2.Cian Heron, starts for Bearna
3.James McLaughlin, starts for Moycullen
4.Daniel O'Flaherty, starts for Salthill
5.Tomo Culhane, starts for Salthill
6.As pointed out Kyle Gilmore is ahead of O'Halloran at Cortoon.
7.Warren Seoige, starts for Naomh Anna
8.Dylan Brady, starts for Corofin and was very good in 2021 and 2022, apparently had a very bad knee injury last year.
9. Ethan Forentini is the only one I haven't seen recently, in my opinion he was the best player on that 2019 All Ireland minor final team, but sure it is all about opinions."
2019 AI final v Cork was a wicked game. Speaking of talent, anyone know what became of the Cork player who shot the lights out that day? He was some talent - unmarkable.

AnCrúiscínLán (Galway) - Posts: 93 - 22/03/2024 00:59:57    2532583

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Replying To AnCrúiscínLán:  "2019 AI final v Cork was a wicked game. Speaking of talent, anyone know what became of the Cork player who shot the lights out that day? He was some talent - unmarkable."
That was Conor Corbett, he plays for Cork currently.

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 729 - 22/03/2024 08:22:59    2532592

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Replying To GDL:  "I have to disagree with you, these are exceptional players and they were unlucky to lose the 2019 All Irrland final after extra time. We had it won with 30 seconds to go in injury time when Cork got a late goal. Niall Cunningham had just got one for us a minute before that. Anyways,
1.Johnny McGrath, starts for Caherlistrane
2.Cian Heron, starts for Bearna
3.James McLaughlin, starts for Moycullen
4.Daniel O'Flaherty, starts for Salthill
5.Tomo Culhane, starts for Salthill
6.As pointed out Kyle Gilmore is ahead of O'Halloran at Cortoon.
7.Warren Seoige, starts for Naomh Anna
8.Dylan Brady, starts for Corofin and was very good in 2021 and 2022, apparently had a very bad knee injury last year.
9. Ethan Forentini is the only one I haven't seen recently, in my opinion he was the best player on that 2019 All Ireland minor final team, but sure it is all about opinions."
My point would be that Patrick Egan and Sam O'Neill are now probably ahead of James McLoughlin in the pecking order. Not because of what they did as minors but the impact they had on the recent club championship, last years performances at u20 and they are obviously showing commitment and showing up well when in or around the panel.
Fiorentini was an exceptional minor, played junior with Michael's last year.
I think U17 is too young anyway to judge guys, its not far off Ted Webb of years gone by.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 372 - 22/03/2024 11:19:07    2532627

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McLaughlin stood out a mile at u17 level but he's suffered a good few injuries, he's obviously a very talented lad as we saw from NUIG game this year but he lacks consistency and needs to up his workrate. He's a natural talent though and is a brilliant fielder of the ball and kick scores from distance with both feet, its a shame Sam O'Neill got injured as he looked closer to making the step up then Patrick Egan from a physical point of view.

No guarantees with 17's though, Culhane was outstanding at that level and kicked some great scores in the u20 final as an 18 year old. Been unlucky with injuries since but there's probably a good few others overtaken him in the pecking order.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 267 - 22/03/2024 12:00:16    2532630

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Everyone's personal choice. But in 20 years time no one will ask you how many points you got in LC. But it might be nice to say u played IC u20. And there's always another opportunity to do LC....you are never overage. And loads of other ways of achieving a good career."
These lads all have another year under 20 so they not missing out.Also having played in an inter County under 20 team won't get you any points for college if that's what you want.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 230 - 22/03/2024 13:02:18    2532637

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That time of week agsin when I try pick team for weekend
Gleason

McGrath. Fitzgerald. Glynn

Mchugh. Daly. Flaherty

Maher / conroy

Heaney. Darcy. Sweeney

Finnerty. O curraine. Cunningham

Hopefully when they do name the team they actually play team named every week they make changes before start and it's one thing Joyce said when appointment 5 years ago that he would not be messing about naming a team snd then change it and it's one thing he keeps doing ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 862 - 22/03/2024 16:33:36    2532681

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Replying To TheBishop:  "McLaughlin stood out a mile at u17 level but he's suffered a good few injuries, he's obviously a very talented lad as we saw from NUIG game this year but he lacks consistency and needs to up his workrate. He's a natural talent though and is a brilliant fielder of the ball and kick scores from distance with both feet, its a shame Sam O'Neill got injured as he looked closer to making the step up then Patrick Egan from a physical point of view.

No guarantees with 17's though, Culhane was outstanding at that level and kicked some great scores in the u20 final as an 18 year old. Been unlucky with injuries since but there's probably a good few others overtaken him in the pecking order."
What this discussion shows is we have players coming through. We got Sweeney and Maher from 2018 minors that got beat by Kerry in the final. I firmly believe a few will come through from the 2019 team, we got players from the U20 win versus Dublin and we'll get players from the U17 minor win in 2022. The next manager will have the materials to build a decent team. We are producing decent players.

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 729 - 22/03/2024 16:58:40    2532687

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My concern with Galway still having so many players out injured this close to championship, big experienced players ie Comer, Walsh, Silke, McDaid, Tierney is that they will surely lack match fitness which they badly need in the heat of the championship. The 5 mentioned i assume have trained very little, played no challenge match, and hardly any league games, Same with any player, Hernon for instance, very good player but coming back into a county setup in May is asking a lot of him

1951andwaiting (Galway) - Posts: 84 - 22/03/2024 19:58:23    2532704

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Clifford brothers not starting Kerry and two of their first choice full back line out injured gives Galway opportunity of avoiding defeat this Sunday.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3367 - 22/03/2024 20:30:57    2532710

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Replying To anotheralias:  "Everyone's personal choice. But in 20 years time no one will ask you how many points you got in LC. But it might be nice to say u played IC u20. And there's always another opportunity to do LC....you are never overage. And loads of other ways of achieving a good career."
The ammount of points you get in the leaving cert determines what college course you can do and ultimately decides what you can do as a career for the rest of your life!

If you prioritise the GAA over a good leaving cert then maybe that wouldn't be the best thing. Yes the GAA and sport is important and all but in the grand scheme of things a year off to concentrate on your studies can benefit your life to no end.

leitrim4sam (Leitrim) - Posts: 645 - 22/03/2024 20:44:37    2532715

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "Clifford brothers not starting Kerry and two of their first choice full back line out injured gives Galway opportunity of avoiding defeat this Sunday."
Definitely a real opportunity to get a good result… wouldn't say we're close to full strength either but the named team looks an improvement on last weekend.

LárBáire (Galway) - Posts: 15 - 22/03/2024 22:22:12    2532734

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "Clifford brothers not starting Kerry and two of their first choice full back line out injured gives Galway opportunity of avoiding defeat this Sunday."
Even better news is that Derry have selected a strong side, and are presumably going for it. I think we'll need Derry to get a result. It's hard to fancy this current Galway selection troubling even a weakened, undermotived Kerry selection.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3531 - 22/03/2024 22:23:01    2532735

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Replying To 1951andwaiting:  "My concern with Galway still having so many players out injured this close to championship, big experienced players ie Comer, Walsh, Silke, McDaid, Tierney is that they will surely lack match fitness which they badly need in the heat of the championship. The 5 mentioned i assume have trained very little, played no challenge match, and hardly any league games, Same with any player, Hernon for instance, very good player but coming back into a county setup in May is asking a lot of him"
We'll get out of our group round robin. The preliminary quarter finals are exactly 3 months away. There's a fair chance we'll be playing in that fixture unless we can top our group. It' that's the case that's where the season will start for us. We have 13 weeks to get everyone who is injured fully fit, while trying to prevent any other injuries. Management need to be strategic. We need lads bouncing for 13 weeks time.

centrefield99 (Galway) - Posts: 108 - 23/03/2024 05:48:48    2532753

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