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Replying To eoinog:  "Welcome back, Datsrite. The Bunnies have done very well. 2 promotions in 2 years.. it's difficult to see anything positive from a St.Johns perspective.. You can't build your hopes on an U.13 team. Any promising player will be lured to the showgrounds, won't be allowed play Gaelic and then thrown on the scrapheap in a few years time. Unless they can make an immediate return to Div 3 and hold their own there for a year or so and move up again I'm afraid they are screwed. Any player from another county that wants to transfer to a Sligo town club won't look at them. Mary's have hoovered several good players over the years with little or no success. John's won no game in the U.19 C championship and are in the U.17 B championship so hopefully things will improve for them"
I was more referring to the fact that its a starting point for St Johns to work forward from. Yes, its difficult to pin your hopes on 12/13 year old's but there appears to be good people involved, who will nurture that talent right the way up. Clubs, whether they are town based or country based, will always lose emerging talent to Sligo Rovers, current examples -Riverstown, Ballymote, Grange, Tubbercurry, Collooney etc. The beauty of the GAA is those players are always welcome back to their local club if their dreams don't come through. I for one would never deny a youngster the opportunity to follow the soccer dream if that's what they wish to do. All clubs go through difficult times, including ourselves when we were relegated to Div3 - couple years later we are back to Div1. St Johns will rebuild but it will take work at underage. Eastern harps are a perfect example of the work going on at underage - while their senior team have been struggling of late their underage are really prospering. Great crop at U16 (huge % of Manning Cup team). Their U19A are unbeaten. At my local club, we are amalgamated at underage due to number shortages but the work is going in. All our beloved clubs will have good days and bad days, that's the GAA rollercoaster we are on and love. Rather than being negative towards St Johns, I wish them well for the future.

Bloodsub6 (Sligo) - Posts: 14 - 06/08/2022 13:43:59    2436426

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Replying To Bloodsub6:  "I was more referring to the fact that its a starting point for St Johns to work forward from. Yes, its difficult to pin your hopes on 12/13 year old's but there appears to be good people involved, who will nurture that talent right the way up. Clubs, whether they are town based or country based, will always lose emerging talent to Sligo Rovers, current examples -Riverstown, Ballymote, Grange, Tubbercurry, Collooney etc. The beauty of the GAA is those players are always welcome back to their local club if their dreams don't come through. I for one would never deny a youngster the opportunity to follow the soccer dream if that's what they wish to do. All clubs go through difficult times, including ourselves when we were relegated to Div3 - couple years later we are back to Div1. St Johns will rebuild but it will take work at underage. Eastern harps are a perfect example of the work going on at underage - while their senior team have been struggling of late their underage are really prospering. Great crop at U16 (huge % of Manning Cup team). Their U19A are unbeaten. At my local club, we are amalgamated at underage due to number shortages but the work is going in. All our beloved clubs will have good days and bad days, that's the GAA rollercoaster we are on and love. Rather than being negative towards St Johns, I wish them well for the future."
Imagine what a club bunnies would have if they all were pulling together !!!
Great win for Coolera, actually not a win at all. It was a pasting

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 06/08/2022 18:31:57    2436468

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Replying To eoinog:  "Imagine what a club bunnies would have if they all were pulling together !!!
Great win for Coolera, actually not a win at all. It was a pasting"
Not 100% sure what you are referring to or whether there is an angle of some sort. Every club in Ireland has their problems and there will always be disagreements. Anyway I'll comment no further. Well done to Coolera Strandhill and Eastern Harps winning their respective league finals. Coolera's win will do wonders for their confidence going into a difficult championship group. Two more league finals tomorrow which are great days for the communities concerned. Then the excitement turns to the championship for the next 2 months or so. Best of luck to all teams.

Bloodsub6 (Sligo) - Posts: 14 - 06/08/2022 21:40:01    2436486

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Who were the standout players in this weeks finals from each side. Anyone to keep an eye on??

Sligobuck21 (Sligo) - Posts: 87 - 08/08/2022 12:06:05    2436632

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Unfortunately was away the weekend and so couldnt get to the Div 1 or 2 final but I am told Tourlestrane were well depleted and there for the taking which Coolera duly did, good for the county to see a new winner anyway, championship going to be interesting now as that result will give a few of the chasing pack hope.

Apparently the Bunnies almost had Curry beaten and it was a great game according to the report I got. Late Curry flourish saw them do it, barely, congrats to them. Result aside it looks like being another very competitive intermediate champ with Easkey, Molaise and Bunnies surely the top 3 possibles? Am I missing anyone?

What's going on at St Johns? How a club with their population area can be gone to Div 4 is hard to believe. Div 3 was bad enough but 4 is hard to understand. Contrasting them with the aforementioned Bunninadden club and its stark. Bunninadden has a very small population, small national school, St Johns the opposite. One gone up to Div1 and one gone down to Div4. Bunninadden managing to develop players from limited resources such as Luke Marren etc and you have to say punch above their weight in terms of population. Farnans are similar to them and obviously coaching structures are strong to produce and keep players.

A weak club in Carraroe is bad for Sligo football as its a club that has given us recent (and current) county standard players in spades so hopefully they steady the ship. I think the idea some might pedal that Rovers are hurting them is just incorrect, there are young lads from all the county trying their hand with the Rovers since the FAI brought in the national leagues for the LOI clubs. Its far from just the town clubs.

maximus_1 (Sligo) - Posts: 21 - 09/08/2022 18:33:56    2436866

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So how are people calling the games this weekend? Seems to be more talk about the GAA headline in a local paper than the games on the field which is unfortunate.

Anyway here's my crack at predictions
Senior: I expect wins for Tourlestrane, St Marys, Coolera and Curry.

Intermediate wins for St Molaise, Bunninadden, Easkey and I'll go for a draw between Pats and Ballymote.

And from the outset I'll go with Tourlestrane to win the Senior with Coolera joining them in the final and St Molaise to win Intermediate beating Bunninadden in the final! Obviously this can all change as rounds progress but a bit of craic to call it from day one.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 243 - 12/08/2022 09:15:39    2437117

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "So how are people calling the games this weekend? Seems to be more talk about the GAA headline in a local paper than the games on the field which is unfortunate.

Anyway here's my crack at predictions
Senior: I expect wins for Tourlestrane, St Marys, Coolera and Curry.

Intermediate wins for St Molaise, Bunninadden, Easkey and I'll go for a draw between Pats and Ballymote.

And from the outset I'll go with Tourlestrane to win the Senior with Coolera joining them in the final and St Molaise to win Intermediate beating Bunninadden in the final! Obviously this can all change as rounds progress but a bit of craic to call it from day one."
Going to also go with Tourlestrane, St Mary's, Coolera and Curry wins this weekend in senior.

In intermediate I'll go with Molaise, Bunninaden, Easkey and Ballymote.

Senior Champions: Coolera/Strandhill
Final: Tourlestrane v Coolera/Strandhill
Relegated: Drumcliffe/Rosses Point

Intermediate Champions: Easkey
Final: Bunninaden v Easkey
Relegated: Enniscrone/Kilglass

Junior Champions: Owenmore Gaels
Final: St Michael's v Owenmore Gaels

Streams from Markievicz Park again this year. Tubbercurry v St Mary's tonight and Calry v Curry tomorrow. They were a great success over the past few years so well done to the county board for keeping them up.

Will online programmes still be published as they have been in recent years due to covid? I hope so. Great to get a look at the different teams line ups.

Best of luck to all teams. Championship weather this weekend. Looking forward to an exciting and for the first time in years, a tight championship.

Sligobuck21 (Sligo) - Posts: 87 - 13/08/2022 10:27:00    2437249

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Nice to see the start of the Championship and great that it will start in good weather. I will stick with Tourlestrane to lift the title but their invincibility has gone. A few teams will fancy taking them out.
Molaise Gaels seem to be stuck in intermediate grade. They have a lot of good young players coming through but they have also lost older good players. I think Easkey will be favourites to win but with a lot of dual players they will pick up injuries easier. I don't think the bunnies will win the intermediate. A dogged hardworking team but not very mobile in vital areas.
My prediction for this weekend is
Tourlestrane, St.Marys, Curry, Coolera.
Molaise, Ballymote, Easkey , Bunninadden .

I could see Pats making it difficult for Ballymote as there is always an upset

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 13/08/2022 12:05:04    2437266

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So one weekend down in the championship and there was a few surprises. Didn't get to any but watched the streams which were good quality. Calrys big win over Curry really will give them good boost before their next game. St Pats pulled off a big win on their return to Intermediate and it looks like Johns May not be as bad as their league form based on how close they ran Bunninadden. What's going on in Tourlestrane??? Would have expected a big win there for them.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 243 - 14/08/2022 20:14:02    2437414

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "So one weekend down in the championship and there was a few surprises. Didn't get to any but watched the streams which were good quality. Calrys big win over Curry really will give them good boost before their next game. St Pats pulled off a big win on their return to Intermediate and it looks like Johns May not be as bad as their league form based on how close they ran Bunninadden. What's going on in Tourlestrane??? Would have expected a big win there for them."
Is O Donñell over Tourlestrane? Done next nothing since fluke win by Ros over Sligo in 2010 in management. Couldnt believe he got the job of top club side

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1074 - 14/08/2022 20:24:11    2437417

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Replying To sourmilk93:  "Is O Donñell over Tourlestrane? Done next nothing since fluke win by Ros over Sligo in 2010 in management. Couldnt believe he got the job of top club side"
2010 win over Sligo was no fluke. Roscommon went into the game as underdogs. Sligo had beaten both Mayo and Galway on route to the Final. Roscommon built up a good lead in the first half and held on for a 1 point win over Sligo . No fluke there. Roscommon gave eventual All Ireland champions Cork a run for their money in the quarter final.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1968 - 14/08/2022 20:52:49    2437422

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Shaping up for an interesting championship season, managed to get to three games all weekend , The unlimited games for 15€ is a great idea , easkey and enniscrone was a great game , dogged affair between two neighbours as you would expect ,
Ballymote and st pats , although the it was a surprise to a lot of others , I for one was not surprised to see ballymote beaten , what is going on in that town ? Such a huge population and not able to field a young youthful team, dreadful from a town with such a huge population, they can play the soccer excuse all day long , but it's not valid in my eyes, club needs a full shake up along with saint johns in my eyes.
Also made it to Johns vs Bunninadden , good competitive game , St. John's we're in it for the majority of it , and perhaps should have kicked on , fitness told near the end , with a lot of johns players going down with cramp, great game of football all the same , I might also add, the standard of refereeing in the latter game leaves a lot to be desired ,

sligopublican (Sligo) - Posts: 45 - 14/08/2022 20:54:22    2437424

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Replying To sligopublican:  "Shaping up for an interesting championship season, managed to get to three games all weekend , The unlimited games for 15€ is a great idea , easkey and enniscrone was a great game , dogged affair between two neighbours as you would expect ,
Ballymote and st pats , although the it was a surprise to a lot of others , I for one was not surprised to see ballymote beaten , what is going on in that town ? Such a huge population and not able to field a young youthful team, dreadful from a town with such a huge population, they can play the soccer excuse all day long , but it's not valid in my eyes, club needs a full shake up along with saint johns in my eyes.
Also made it to Johns vs Bunninadden , good competitive game , St. John's we're in it for the majority of it , and perhaps should have kicked on , fitness told near the end , with a lot of johns players going down with cramp, great game of football all the same , I might also add, the standard of refereeing in the latter game leaves a lot to be desired"
I really have to agree, some of the calls in the Johns game were mind boggling , the score was even wrong, 1 or 2 points added to Saint Johns, Saint johns put up a massive performance considering their league form, which is very promising and something for them to build on

howmanysteps? (Sligo) - Posts: 8 - 15/08/2022 12:29:07    2437488

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Replying To howmanysteps?:  "I really have to agree, some of the calls in the Johns game were mind boggling , the score was even wrong, 1 or 2 points added to Saint Johns, Saint johns put up a massive performance considering their league form, which is very promising and something for them to build on"
It's rare for one referee to be critical of another one. It was a very good opening weekend of championship football. I had said that Ballymote would struggle with St.Patd, I'm now sorry that I chickened out snd

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 16/08/2022 19:16:29    2437726

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Replying To howmanysteps?:  "I really have to agree, some of the calls in the Johns game were mind boggling , the score was even wrong, 1 or 2 points added to Saint Johns, Saint johns put up a massive performance considering their league form, which is very promising and something for them to build on"
It's rare for one referee to be critical of another one. It was a very good opening weekend of championship football. I had said that Ballymote would struggle with St.Patd, I'm now sorry that I chickened out snd didn't call a win for Pats. Molaise gave a good thumping to Geevagh who will really miss Pat Hughes. The Bunnies will be happy to have got the better of St. John's who despite a good showing would still be favourites to finish bottom of the group. Easkey piped their neighbours in a high scoring game. The senior was every bit as exciting. Did anyone except Curry to meekly hand the points to Calry?. Tourlestrane only won by 2 but I am told there was a gulf in class at the same time. Tubbercurry put in a good performance considering their league form and Coolera were very nearly caught by Farnans. After the excitement of winning the league it was prob hard to get motivated 7 days later.

U.19 finals are up next and the clubs who took it seriously are delighted with the competition and the extra mid summer game's . The other clubs are coming up with various excuses, mainly that the Senior Mgt didn't buy into it. That points to a weak executive who didn't prioritize the competition. In the A group in particular there were some excellent games.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 16/08/2022 19:29:41    2437727

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So moving on to another weekend of action and Juniors join the field this weekend too.

Here's my predictions
Senior: Shamrock Gaels to take Marys and a draw in the South Sligo battle of Tubber and Curry. Tourlestrane to beat Farnans and I'm going to back Mullinabreena against DRP. They seemed to have put some bit of a game plan together against Tourlestrane and judging by league form neither of them blew out the lights.

Intermediate:
Molaise to have another big win, Geevagh to redeem themselves against Ballymote, Castleconnor to beat Johns and the hardest one is Bunninadden v Easkey but I'm going to go with Easkey and only just.

Junior A. Wins for Owenmore Gaels who I fancy to win it outright & St Michael's. The other group of second teams hard to know depending what players are pulled up to first teams but I'll go with Shamrock Gaels and St Marys.

Coverage of games in Sligo Champion from a quick flick through the sports pages at work seems to be very poor for first weekend, I think it's only 4 out of the 8 games covered. Hopefully this improves as it goes on.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 243 - 17/08/2022 09:56:11    2437748

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "So moving on to another weekend of action and Juniors join the field this weekend too.

Here's my predictions
Senior: Shamrock Gaels to take Marys and a draw in the South Sligo battle of Tubber and Curry. Tourlestrane to beat Farnans and I'm going to back Mullinabreena against DRP. They seemed to have put some bit of a game plan together against Tourlestrane and judging by league form neither of them blew out the lights.

Intermediate:
Molaise to have another big win, Geevagh to redeem themselves against Ballymote, Castleconnor to beat Johns and the hardest one is Bunninadden v Easkey but I'm going to go with Easkey and only just.

Junior A. Wins for Owenmore Gaels who I fancy to win it outright & St Michael's. The other group of second teams hard to know depending what players are pulled up to first teams but I'll go with Shamrock Gaels and St Marys.

Coverage of games in Sligo Champion from a quick flick through the sports pages at work seems to be very poor for first weekend, I think it's only 4 out of the 8 games covered. Hopefully this improves as it goes on."
Match reports on line that were such a success last year haven't really happened this year so far either

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 17/08/2022 10:40:17    2437750

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Any report on the U.19 final played yesterday evening.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 18/08/2022 18:31:46    2437951

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Replying To eoinog:  "Any report on the U.19 final played yesterday evening."
Eastern Harps Facebook page

Sligobuck21 (Sligo) - Posts: 87 - 19/08/2022 11:42:21    2437998

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Replying To Sligobuck21:  "Eastern Harps Facebook page"
Thanks for that. Seems like the lesson for Mary's is that sometimes the best form of defence is attack. I love it when a team starts messing around and gets caught. Good report.
This weekend I expect
Tourlestrane to beat St.Farnans.
Drumcliffe to beat Coolaney (tight game)
Mary's to beat Shamrock Gaels
Curry to beat Tubber. Curry best team in the county to blow hot and cold. Hammered last week so they could be ok this time around

Intermediate looks like
Molaise to beat Harps.
Easkey to beat the bunnies
Castleconnor to beat St
Johns
Ballymote to beat Geevagh

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1309 - 19/08/2022 15:05:26    2438045

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