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Replying To Dheen:  "Well done to the minors, another comprehensive win beating Meath in Navan by 28 points, following up on the big win the first day out. They showed the u20s how its done, didn't take Meath for granted and put the foot down when they went a few points ahead.
Well done to all involved."
Wasnt there but 11-50 in 2 games is good going no matter what the opposition.It will be important to win the group to have next round in Mullingar.Antrim next and then Offaly away both of which will be a big step up.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 06/04/2024 16:17:39    2536054

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Replying To jobber:  "Wasnt there but 11-50 in 2 games is good going no matter what the opposition.It will be important to win the group to have next round in Mullingar.Antrim next and then Offaly away both of which will be a big step up."
Yeah very good attacking displays, but we've only conceded 7 points in total in both games which is equally as impressive.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 06/04/2024 17:00:04    2536063

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Replying To Dheen:  "Yeah very good attacking displays, but we've only conceded 7 points in total in both games which is equally as impressive."
Agreed seems to be a well balanced team.Meath ran Offaly close but its Antrim next

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 06/04/2024 18:13:32    2536079

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Minors are going well but have another weekend off this week before playing Antrim in Mullingar the following week.
U20s are out this weekend at home to Derry and a draw or a win will see us through but after showing serious complacency in the drawn first game we need to see a much improved performance at the weekend.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 09/04/2024 10:01:27    2536818

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I think the Offaly game in the minor will only really tell where this Westmeath minor team is at,that will be the barometer. Has this Offaly team been spoken about much or is it known to be weaker than previous years.The group even after three rounds is still to hard to tell where teams are at. Judging the head to head scorelines Westmeath are way out ahead of the other teams but if Antrim done something in Mullingar Westmeath could be in trouble getting out of the group.

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 743 - 09/04/2024 13:15:24    2536880

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Replying To preddan:  "I think the Offaly game in the minor will only really tell where this Westmeath minor team is at,that will be the barometer. Has this Offaly team been spoken about much or is it known to be weaker than previous years.The group even after three rounds is still to hard to tell where teams are at. Judging the head to head scorelines Westmeath are way out ahead of the other teams but if Antrim done something in Mullingar Westmeath could be in trouble getting out of the group."
Before the championship started i had heard that they had been going well in challenges against Laois and Limerick but I'm sure the management have been looking at the Antrim and particularly Offaly games. I don't know much about Offaly but they are always hard beat. That game is in Tullamore on a big open pitch similar to Navan which may suit this Westmeath team. They are very balanced, on every line of the pitch and not relying on anyone which is a good sign but like yourself Preddan I'm waiting to see how they fair against Antrim and Offaly to see where they could go this year. There's no pressure on them anyway they are just young lads but looks to be a talented group.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 09/04/2024 13:27:53    2536888

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Replying To Dheen:  "Before the championship started i had heard that they had been going well in challenges against Laois and Limerick but I'm sure the management have been looking at the Antrim and particularly Offaly games. I don't know much about Offaly but they are always hard beat. That game is in Tullamore on a big open pitch similar to Navan which may suit this Westmeath team. They are very balanced, on every line of the pitch and not relying on anyone which is a good sign but like yourself Preddan I'm waiting to see how they fair against Antrim and Offaly to see where they could go this year. There's no pressure on them anyway they are just young lads but looks to be a talented group."
The good news is that there are talented players coming through.With underage teams you never know.The 94 minor football team was much more hyped than the one that won the All Ireland the year after.
Antrim thrashed Wicklow last weekend and will be a serious threat.It would be nice if this could be a double header with the senior match v Kerry.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 09/04/2024 15:52:03    2536936

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Replying To jobber:  "The good news is that there are talented players coming through.With underage teams you never know.The 94 minor football team was much more hyped than the one that won the All Ireland the year after.
Antrim thrashed Wicklow last weekend and will be a serious threat.It would be nice if this could be a double header with the senior match v Kerry."
Thankfully they have a good management team with Ian Corrigan, Barry Kennedy and Johnny Dooley. They have them playing a nice style of hurling and will keep them grounded and I'm sure they've quickly forgotten the last two games as they prepare again for two weeks time.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 09/04/2024 16:15:47    2536940

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Just wondering guys our minor hurlers are playing yers Saturday in the celtic challenge, I know weather has been poor ,but the game is down for astro turf in St lomans, are pitches that bad...

Timmy86 (Sligo) - Posts: 279 - 09/04/2024 17:27:54    2536956

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Replying To Timmy86:  "Just wondering guys our minor hurlers are playing yers Saturday in the celtic challenge, I know weather has been poor ,but the game is down for astro turf in St lomans, are pitches that bad..."
The answer is yes they are that bad.I would say its probably our under 16 team.The minors are playing Leinster championship.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 09/04/2024 18:30:47    2536967

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Replying To jobber:  "The answer is yes they are that bad.I would say its probably our under 16 team.The minors are playing Leinster championship."
Yeah our u16s. Pitches are bad everywhere it seems, but the Lomans astro turf is excellent.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 09/04/2024 19:50:47    2536987

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Massive game for under 20s tomorrow in Cusack Park at 2.00, be good to see a decent crowd in, it's a championship game and essentially a knockout game, Derry fans almost outnumbered Meath fans in Navan last week, this Westmeath group is highly rated and deserves a decent level of support.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1654 - 12/04/2024 09:24:34    2537462

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Massive game for under 20s tomorrow in Cusack Park at 2.00, be good to see a decent crowd in, it's a championship game and essentially a knockout game, Derry fans almost outnumbered Meath fans in Navan last week, this Westmeath group is highly rated and deserves a decent level of support."
Yeah hopefully a good crowd goes in, the minor football is on after so you'd imagine there would be a decent crowd at both games.
Hopefully the u20s learn complacency of the first game, they should have drove on when up by 9 points midway through the first half. I'm sure they've focused on this over the last couple of weeks. They are highly rated but the minors have definitely started their campaign far more promising. Best of luck to all involved at the weekend in both games.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 12/04/2024 09:52:17    2537469

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20 point win, improved performance with plenty to improve on also.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 13/04/2024 15:54:34    2537658

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Replying To Dheen:  "20 point win, improved performance with plenty to improve on also."
Couldnt get in at Celtic challenge where our under 16s minus the lsds on the minor panel lost by a point to Sligos minors.Sligo physically stronger but good games for these lads. How was the performance?

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 13/04/2024 18:08:44    2537683

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Replying To jobber:  "Couldnt get in at Celtic challenge where our under 16s minus the lsds on the minor panel lost by a point to Sligos minors.Sligo physically stronger but good games for these lads. How was the performance?"
They are better off playing older lads, seen Sligo needed the goal at the end to snatch the win. it'll stand to our young lads and a one point loss isn't bad for u16s minus the likes of Dillon Burke, Padraic Monaghan, Niall Brady etc what players looked promising for Westmeath in that?
The u20 performance was much improved and you could see their wasn't any chance of being complacent this time round. Carlow at home next I believe, winner will go on to meet Dublin in a Quarter final.
Hopefully the 20s can kick on, and we get good runs now in this and in minor who've started very promisingly as well.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 13/04/2024 18:23:19    2537686

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Replying To Dheen:  "They are better off playing older lads, seen Sligo needed the goal at the end to snatch the win. it'll stand to our young lads and a one point loss isn't bad for u16s minus the likes of Dillon Burke, Padraic Monaghan, Niall Brady etc what players looked promising for Westmeath in that?
The u20 performance was much improved and you could see their wasn't any chance of being complacent this time round. Carlow at home next I believe, winner will go on to meet Dublin in a Quarter final.
Hopefully the 20s can kick on, and we get good runs now in this and in minor who've started very promisingly as well."
Very important now for them to push on now.Really good double header in Cusack next saturday with minors playing Antrim followed by 20s v Carlow.Sunday first round Mcdonagh v Kerry.A big weekend for hurling.
As for 16s ,any team playing without half a dozen or more key players are bound to struggle against a team mostly a year older but its good experience.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 14/04/2024 08:17:56    2537716

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Replying To jobber:  "Very important now for them to push on now.Really good double header in Cusack next saturday with minors playing Antrim followed by 20s v Carlow.Sunday first round Mcdonagh v Kerry.A big weekend for hurling.
As for 16s ,any team playing without half a dozen or more key players are bound to struggle against a team mostly a year older but its good experience."
Is the u20 game a doubler header with the minor game?
That will affect the 5 lads involved with the seniors who will be out the next day in the Joe Mcdonagh. Unless Fortune just leaves them all on the bench which is mostly likely.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 854 - 14/04/2024 11:09:27    2537730

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Replying To Dheen:  "Is the u20 game a doubler header with the minor game?
That will affect the 5 lads involved with the seniors who will be out the next day in the Joe Mcdonagh. Unless Fortune just leaves them all on the bench which is mostly likely."
id say it will be if the weather is good during the week.No doubt its a problem for Fortune but they will play their grade.Portlaoise and Croke Park need to have a serious chat with themselves waffling on about player welfare and then fixing 20s on same weekend as seniors.A bad joke that affects small dual counties the most.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1539 - 14/04/2024 15:49:26    2537757

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Leinster Council seem unable to fix county under 20 games for midweek unlike their Munster counterparts and yet Leinster under 20 football takes place on Tuesdays. Strange.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1654 - 14/04/2024 17:22:42    2537767

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