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For whatever the reason Sligo U20s weren't any where near as good defensively this year. 2023 won Connacht and reached the All Ireland final and the strength was holding teams to low scores. A total conceded in 4 games was 2-39 against Roscommon,Mayo,Galway and Kerry. This year in five games 3-71 conceded.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3402 - 25/04/2024 14:01:43    2540611

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Replying To eoinog:  "You can only go to the well so many times. Our U.20 team didn't have a good year but rather than dwel on the shortcomings this year we should look back at the last few years with immense pride. There are loads of players in the county now with one , two and three Connacht medals, a few with individual accolades of getting named on teams of the year and some lads have made the transition to the senior set up. Things are looking good. Maybe some posters on here might come down a peg or two after their stupid posts about this team before a ball was kicked in the championship. I would like to see Paul Henry stay for a third year with the U.20 team."
Will be interesting to track the record of those players over the next few years, Lavin, Keaney, Mulligan, O Boyle, Sloyan and O'Boyle

Sligowizard (Sligo) - Posts: 19 - 25/04/2024 23:00:55    2540685

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Next year who are still u20 from off the top of my head, Niland, Conor Walsh, Rooney, Dillon Walsh, ROKL, O Hehir and O Callaghan. There is probably more but that's a solid start especially with some very good u17s stepping up so we will be competitive.

It will be interesting to see who commits to the seniors next year from this years group and how they integrate, Johnstone, Sloyan, McDaniel, Doherty, Donlon etc.. all stepping up.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1659 - 26/04/2024 15:42:42    2540785

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Replying To Sligonian:  "Next year who are still u20 from off the top of my head, Niland, Conor Walsh, Rooney, Dillon Walsh, ROKL, O Hehir and O Callaghan. There is probably more but that's a solid start especially with some very good u17s stepping up so we will be competitive.

It will be interesting to see who commits to the seniors next year from this years group and how they integrate, Johnstone, Sloyan, McDaniel, Doherty, Donlon etc.. all stepping up."
Ethan Carden and Tommy Ross also u20 next year

muscles (Sligo) - Posts: 450 - 26/04/2024 16:35:06    2540796

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Replying To Sligonian:  "Next year who are still u20 from off the top of my head, Niland, Conor Walsh, Rooney, Dillon Walsh, ROKL, O Hehir and O Callaghan. There is probably more but that's a solid start especially with some very good u17s stepping up so we will be competitive.

It will be interesting to see who commits to the seniors next year from this years group and how they integrate, Johnstone, Sloyan, McDaniel, Doherty, Donlon etc.. all stepping up."
Is Dillon Walsh eastern harps? Was he wing back last year for ye??

dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1100 - 26/04/2024 21:23:18    2540814

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Replying To dave1988:  "Is Dillon Walsh eastern harps? Was he wing back last year for ye??"
Dillon Walsh is Owenmore Gaels Dylan Walsh is Eastern Harps

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1737 - 27/04/2024 07:40:40    2540836

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With club action on the horizon, I see the league fixtures are EVENTUALLY out.

Every other county having their championship draws while our lads don't even know what day of the week they are playing. We wonder why interest is down but we don't help ourselves. Soccer, Rugby, etc., games are fixed days and times but we can't do that in Sligo. Why can't we fix a game to a Saturday or a Sunday? Are Fridays going ahead again? All up in the air. They will blame the referees but surely fixing games to a day and time well in advance will, 1) allow refs to sort out which games they are taking among themselves, 2) allow any request for change to go in early and facilitate a change for clubs who would badly require it, and 3) help the players (junior, intermediate and senior) have some balance in their lives.

The CCC have been a spent force for many years. Was a glimmer of hope last year that maybe they were starting to improve but this year is the worst yet. Time to get their act together and liaise with the players or else the players need to take a stand.

Bumblebee123 (Sligo) - Posts: 21 - 29/04/2024 18:45:39    2541604

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Replying To Bumblebee123:  "With club action on the horizon, I see the league fixtures are EVENTUALLY out.

Every other county having their championship draws while our lads don't even know what day of the week they are playing. We wonder why interest is down but we don't help ourselves. Soccer, Rugby, etc., games are fixed days and times but we can't do that in Sligo. Why can't we fix a game to a Saturday or a Sunday? Are Fridays going ahead again? All up in the air. They will blame the referees but surely fixing games to a day and time well in advance will, 1) allow refs to sort out which games they are taking among themselves, 2) allow any request for change to go in early and facilitate a change for clubs who would badly require it, and 3) help the players (junior, intermediate and senior) have some balance in their lives.

The CCC have been a spent force for many years. Was a glimmer of hope last year that maybe they were starting to improve but this year is the worst yet. Time to get their act together and liaise with the players or else the players need to take a stand."
The simple fact of the matter is players are going to start voting with their feet with a lack of clarity on fixtures. This should be set in stone in February, with the allowance for little changes here and there. I don't get why they can't set fixtures as early as possible to let players, refs, management teams etc get a plan in place. 4 weeks out from the first league game and still no definite date. The rugby season has every fixture set in stone early doors. Surely it would be easier plan if this was the case? Does CCC set all fixtures, should there be separate committees for adult and juvenile fixtures. Is the workload too much setting all adult and juvenile fixtures. Is it something the county board should consider splitting the committees? It is simply not working the way it is. From speaking to players they are not happy and as I said at the start they will start voting with their feet and the fall off will be huge. More amalgamations and then we will be wondering where it all went wrong! Is there a similar sentiment throughout the county?

BreakingBall123 (Sligo) - Posts: 35 - 30/04/2024 12:22:48    2541755

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Replying To BreakingBall123:  "The simple fact of the matter is players are going to start voting with their feet with a lack of clarity on fixtures. This should be set in stone in February, with the allowance for little changes here and there. I don't get why they can't set fixtures as early as possible to let players, refs, management teams etc get a plan in place. 4 weeks out from the first league game and still no definite date. The rugby season has every fixture set in stone early doors. Surely it would be easier plan if this was the case? Does CCC set all fixtures, should there be separate committees for adult and juvenile fixtures. Is the workload too much setting all adult and juvenile fixtures. Is it something the county board should consider splitting the committees? It is simply not working the way it is. From speaking to players they are not happy and as I said at the start they will start voting with their feet and the fall off will be huge. More amalgamations and then we will be wondering where it all went wrong! Is there a similar sentiment throughout the county?"
Definitely seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction in clubs with regards to fixtures. It's simply not good enough for players. There are 3 divisions of 10 teams with 9 games to be played and then they split div 4. It can't be that hard to schedule in advance if some proper thought and effort was put into it. As has been posted above maybe players will have to take matters into their own hands in order to be noticed.

westvoice (Sligo) - Posts: 36 - 30/04/2024 13:02:37    2541775

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Replying To BreakingBall123:  "The simple fact of the matter is players are going to start voting with their feet with a lack of clarity on fixtures. This should be set in stone in February, with the allowance for little changes here and there. I don't get why they can't set fixtures as early as possible to let players, refs, management teams etc get a plan in place. 4 weeks out from the first league game and still no definite date. The rugby season has every fixture set in stone early doors. Surely it would be easier plan if this was the case? Does CCC set all fixtures, should there be separate committees for adult and juvenile fixtures. Is the workload too much setting all adult and juvenile fixtures. Is it something the county board should consider splitting the committees? It is simply not working the way it is. From speaking to players they are not happy and as I said at the start they will start voting with their feet and the fall off will be huge. More amalgamations and then we will be wondering where it all went wrong! Is there a similar sentiment throughout the county?"
Definitely seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction in clubs with regards to fixtures. It's simply not good enough for players. There are 3 divisions of 10 teams with 9 games to be played and then they split div 4. It can't be that hard to schedule in advance if some proper thought and effort was put into it. As has been posted above maybe players will have to take matters into their own hands in order to be noticed.

westvoice (Sligo) - Posts: 36 - 30/04/2024 13:08:41    2541779

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Replying To BreakingBall123:  "The simple fact of the matter is players are going to start voting with their feet with a lack of clarity on fixtures. This should be set in stone in February, with the allowance for little changes here and there. I don't get why they can't set fixtures as early as possible to let players, refs, management teams etc get a plan in place. 4 weeks out from the first league game and still no definite date. The rugby season has every fixture set in stone early doors. Surely it would be easier plan if this was the case? Does CCC set all fixtures, should there be separate committees for adult and juvenile fixtures. Is the workload too much setting all adult and juvenile fixtures. Is it something the county board should consider splitting the committees? It is simply not working the way it is. From speaking to players they are not happy and as I said at the start they will start voting with their feet and the fall off will be huge. More amalgamations and then we will be wondering where it all went wrong! Is there a similar sentiment throughout the county?"
The CCCC look after adult fixtures only. There's a seperate cttee that look after juvenile fixtures. Coiste na nog ( probably spelt wrong). Politics plays a big part in the formation of these cttee's not your ability as an administrator. Then these fixtures have to be rubber stamped by the Co Board, but as it's the Co chair that sets up the cttee's they automatically sail through. Hence you have the 3 points fiasco that occurred last year when someone decided it would be a great idea. The Co chair on several occasions last year applauded that decision but as there's no trace of it this year it's safe to assume that they all know it was stupid. Fixtures should be out weeks ago , in fact we should be playing serious league games now not the drivel we are getting from these warm up leagues which are totally meaningless.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1737 - 30/04/2024 14:18:45    2541817

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Replying To eoinog:  "The CCCC look after adult fixtures only. There's a seperate cttee that look after juvenile fixtures. Coiste na nog ( probably spelt wrong). Politics plays a big part in the formation of these cttee's not your ability as an administrator. Then these fixtures have to be rubber stamped by the Co Board, but as it's the Co chair that sets up the cttee's they automatically sail through. Hence you have the 3 points fiasco that occurred last year when someone decided it would be a great idea. The Co chair on several occasions last year applauded that decision but as there's no trace of it this year it's safe to assume that they all know it was stupid. Fixtures should be out weeks ago , in fact we should be playing serious league games now not the drivel we are getting from these warm up leagues which are totally meaningless."
Why would we do that? Far better to play 8 games in 9 weeks without knowing if they are on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. That way we can make sure players have no social engagements getting in the way of what really matters in life, league football!

As for the Warm Up Leagues, I think they should be groups of 10 rather than 6. Just play a full preliminary league before the league. It's what the people want.

Bumblebee123 (Sligo) - Posts: 21 - 30/04/2024 15:40:53    2541883

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Interesting draw in the Tailtean cup for us.

Wexford home
Tipp away (hopefully semple)
Antrim neutral (id assume Cavan)

Hopefully we can keep progressing from the westmeath, galway performances and push on. Winning the Tailtean is a realistic goal for us.

All the best to the players and management.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1659 - 30/04/2024 16:03:40    2541921

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Replying To Bumblebee123:  "Why would we do that? Far better to play 8 games in 9 weeks without knowing if they are on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. That way we can make sure players have no social engagements getting in the way of what really matters in life, league football!

As for the Warm Up Leagues, I think they should be groups of 10 rather than 6. Just play a full preliminary league before the league. It's what the people want."
I'm sensing some sarcasm there, am I? But in all seriousness, this is not a new issue. It's been raised countless time and I can't understand the county boards reasoning for not dealing with it. As one poster eluded to, players have enough excuses not to play without adding more.

Bumblebee123 (Sligo) - Posts: 21 - 30/04/2024 16:45:55    2541971

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Replying To Sligonian:  "Interesting draw in the Tailtean cup for us.

Wexford home
Tipp away (hopefully semple)
Antrim neutral (id assume Cavan)

Hopefully we can keep progressing from the westmeath, galway performances and push on. Winning the Tailtean is a realistic goal for us.

All the best to the players and management."
Really good draw. You'd fancy Sligo in all three but more than likely a banana skin in there. Any word on any additions or departures for the Tailteann. I see a little bit of movement in a couple of counties like us.

Bumblebee123 (Sligo) - Posts: 21 - 30/04/2024 16:47:27    2541973

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Replying To Sligonian:  "Interesting draw in the Tailtean cup for us.

Wexford home
Tipp away (hopefully semple)
Antrim neutral (id assume Cavan)

Hopefully we can keep progressing from the westmeath, galway performances and push on. Winning the Tailtean is a realistic goal for us.

All the best to the players and management."
Without preempting any embarrassment. Who's the most likely threats in Tailteann Cup? Can't see Kildare having the stomach for it. Down?

johncreilly (Sligo) - Posts: 28 - 30/04/2024 16:55:05    2541975

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On paper it's a good draw but games aren't won on paper. It's imperative that we win or first game or else we are under serious pressure. I haven't heard anything about the team since the Galway game. Any updates on the injuries? Spillane or Lavin. I know Towey is out

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1737 - 30/04/2024 17:01:46    2541981

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Would be expecting three wins in this group. Kildare will top their group as will Down. Fermanagh/Laois is a toss up in my view.

Down and Kildare are the teams to beat to win the Cup. Kildare might just get into the rhythm of it and realise it can be used to help soften the blow of what was a write off of a year for them.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 371 - 30/04/2024 17:26:18    2541998

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I think if you win your group you get a home quarter final.

Down and Kildare are probably our biggest rivals on paper. Kildare just can't seem to get going at all at senior. Lucky enough to beat Wicklow. Fermanagh can be good on their day, they got 5 pts in Div2 and still got relegated. Wexford were unlucky not to get promoted and showed well in Leinster. Antrim ran Down pretty close in Ulster. I think we will take it serious. I haven't heard of any withdrawals. I'd say it pretty wide open in terms of who wins it.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1659 - 30/04/2024 19:03:56    2542050

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Replying To Sligonian:  "I think if you win your group you get a home quarter final.

Down and Kildare are probably our biggest rivals on paper. Kildare just can't seem to get going at all at senior. Lucky enough to beat Wicklow. Fermanagh can be good on their day, they got 5 pts in Div2 and still got relegated. Wexford were unlucky not to get promoted and showed well in Leinster. Antrim ran Down pretty close in Ulster. I think we will take it serious. I haven't heard of any withdrawals. I'd say it pretty wide open in terms of who wins it."
Yes. Something in that Wexford side I think. Here's hoping we get a day in Croke Park. As good a shot as most in my opinion. It would really stamp McEntee's tenure as a success if we could make another final.

johncreilly (Sligo) - Posts: 28 - 01/05/2024 10:49:18    2542180

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