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Replying To jobber:  "Great posts Loch Lene thanks for the insights.Id say Johhny and Kevin would work together with 20s and seniors.But they would need a big name coach like we had with Noel Larkin with Shane O Brien if we are to entice all the players to stay on board.The board should be making sure the selection committee is in place in the next few days.Id say our job would be very attractive to lots of coaches."
If you are looking for "big names" to entice players we'll I'd rather not have them players.. Kevin O'Brien and Johnny Greville have done enough for hurling within the County to have the respect of the players. That's the kind of attitude that has us where we are.

Danup (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 11/06/2024 20:09:23    2550879

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Replying To LockLeanGayl:  "Don't Johnny and Kevin run the U14s together? Don't think it's outside the realms of possibility that it would happen…

I'm not sure about going for the big name for the sake of it?

We are entering a period of transition wouldn't it be better to get a local to bring them along for a couple of years and then go for a big outside name?

Because we all know what happens with outside managers… They play the lads that will win them games today… Development isn't always their number one"
It's good to see Johnny and Kevin with the u14s, plenty of talent there with that group but having the likes of the two lads involved would bring a great deal of knowledge, wisdom and professionalism to the table.
Of course you could see both of them with the seniors also, but you have to say that for the long term having them involved with our underage teams for the next couple of years is more important. Attracting an outside name might not be the worst thing in the world if its a good one and they can bring the seniors on further in the next 2/3 years. Then maybe give Johnny and Kevin a shot at it when the young players they've been working with start to come on through.
We added five u20s this year to the team, next year I expect another 3 or so. We have to keep that consistent.
Between the 2017 u21 team and this year's u20s, we haven't had many come through so it's important to keep that flow of players coming.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 11/06/2024 20:54:36    2550884

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Players needing a big time coach to stay on board? Hardly correct, if that's their attitude let them off, they've not enough credit to start making demands

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1656 - 11/06/2024 22:37:50    2550905

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Replying To Dheen:  "It's good to see Johnny and Kevin with the u14s, plenty of talent there with that group but having the likes of the two lads involved would bring a great deal of knowledge, wisdom and professionalism to the table.
Of course you could see both of them with the seniors also, but you have to say that for the long term having them involved with our underage teams for the next couple of years is more important. Attracting an outside name might not be the worst thing in the world if its a good one and they can bring the seniors on further in the next 2/3 years. Then maybe give Johnny and Kevin a shot at it when the young players they've been working with start to come on through.
We added five u20s this year to the team, next year I expect another 3 or so. We have to keep that consistent.
Between the 2017 u21 team and this year's u20s, we haven't had many come through so it's important to keep that flow of players coming."
Which 3 under 20s would you expect to see at senior level next year?

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1656 - 11/06/2024 22:39:24    2550907

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Which 3 under 20s would you expect to see at senior level next year?"
Darragh McCormack, Darragh Smith and Sean Jackson (goals) probably second keeper to Mulkearns. I have a feeling Conaty will step away next year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 12/06/2024 10:17:45    2550957

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Which 3 under 20s would you expect to see at senior level next year?"
Possibly Peter Murphy if he shows well for Castletown Seniors this year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 12/06/2024 10:18:39    2550958

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Replying To Dheen:  "Darragh McCormack, Darragh Smith and Sean Jackson (goals) probably second keeper to Mulkearns. I have a feeling Conaty will step away next year."
Jackson isn't in goals for Castletown at intermediate or senior level so can't see him in it for the county it would be a big ask surely there's someone doing it at club level willing to fill the void

DanGer966 (Westmeath) - Posts: 22 - 12/06/2024 10:39:52    2550964

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Replying To DanGer966:  "Jackson isn't in goals for Castletown at intermediate or senior level so can't see him in it for the county it would be a big ask surely there's someone doing it at club level willing to fill the void"
Ah he surely will be in goal for Castletown this year?

Is he U20 again next year or overage, was asking a lad the other day and they weren't sure.

Think he was a minor outfield in 2022 but could be wrong

LockLeanGayl (Westmeath) - Posts: 204 - 13/06/2024 22:20:11    2551306

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Replying To LockLeanGayl:  "Ah he surely will be in goal for Castletown this year?

Is he U20 again next year or overage, was asking a lad the other day and they weren't sure.

Think he was a minor outfield in 2022 but could be wrong"
Yeah he's underage again next year

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 14/06/2024 12:13:29    2551395

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The club championship is around the corner, how do we see it playing out? Will the champions Raharney retain their title, or will the Gaels come again to win it this time around after being unlucky in last years final to lose at the death.
Castletown will be fancying their chances this year I'd say, I'm not sure how Clonkill or Castlepollard are shaping up. Plunketts will be just hoping to stay up but it will take a massive effort.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 17/06/2024 16:08:00    2552416

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Should be a cracking championship. Raharney be hard beaten and now John Shaw is over them they will be up another level.

Castletown will always be strong and they have some good young players coming through alongside Niall O'Brien who shot the lights out in the league

Our boys going well in league. Williams a year older. McNicholas still top club player. We have threats up front

I've heard Clonkill are putting in a massive effort under Mickey Dan, players really putting their shoulder to the wheel

I think it's the tightest championship to call in a long time?

LockLeanGayl (Westmeath) - Posts: 204 - 17/06/2024 17:20:43    2552451

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Castletown vs The Gaels in the league final will be interesting, Raharney and those two teams the championship contenders, Pollard had a mixed league, key players injured during league, still capable of beating top teams but hard to see them doing so two or three times to make top three places, Clonkill in transition with Andrew Mitchell, Paddy Dowdall, Brendan Murtagh, Alan Dowdall all retired, difficult to replace that quality, lot depending on Niall Mitchell and apparently he's going to miss first 3 rounds at least due to injury, possibly out for entire round robin which would be huge blow, guaranteed that Clonkill will be flying fit under Michael Dan Murtagh and capable young players in Andrew Shaw, Oisin Loughlin, Josh Murtagh, Mattie Glynn, Rian Holding and obviously Darragh Egerton but hard to see them qualifying, Plunketts will struggle at the top level, could suffer big defeats in a few games.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1656 - 18/06/2024 04:27:19    2552567

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Can see the Gaels potentially struggling this year. Really struggled in the league until Williams came back in, possibly too reliant on him? They're looking a bit stale, perhaps the drama of last year might have taken its toll mentally & physically on them
Castletown would be my favourites once they get through the round robin okay until Niall o brien returns from the states.
Raharney close 2nd favourites just whether they have the drive to do back to backs, John shaw definitely has them playing a nice brand.
Mickey Dan has his troops looking very fit and full of life. Return of Luke loughlin will be a boost now. If Mitchell is fit I can see them taking the 3rd place spot
I hear pollard have a full selection to chose from.

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 239 - 18/06/2024 10:33:16    2552625

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Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "Can see the Gaels potentially struggling this year. Really struggled in the league until Williams came back in, possibly too reliant on him? They're looking a bit stale, perhaps the drama of last year might have taken its toll mentally & physically on them
Castletown would be my favourites once they get through the round robin okay until Niall o brien returns from the states.
Raharney close 2nd favourites just whether they have the drive to do back to backs, John shaw definitely has them playing a nice brand.
Mickey Dan has his troops looking very fit and full of life. Return of Luke loughlin will be a boost now. If Mitchell is fit I can see them taking the 3rd place spot
I hear pollard have a full selection to chose from."
Do Pollard have Tommy Gallagher and David Higgins back from abroad? Darragh McCormack and Conor Gaffney will be important players for them

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 18/06/2024 12:10:41    2552675

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Replying To Dheen:  "Do Pollard have Tommy Gallagher and David Higgins back from abroad? Darragh McCormack and Conor Gaffney will be important players for them"
Is there anywhere to see league tables. The westmeath website still shows the 2023 league and not up to date. Football league fully up to date.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 48 - 19/06/2024 09:17:43    2552902

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Replying To Premier12345:  "Is there anywhere to see league tables. The westmeath website still shows the 2023 league and not up to date. Football league fully up to date."
Website is always poor

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 855 - 19/06/2024 10:07:35    2552921

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Replying To Dheen:  "Website is always poor"
But the football is done properly so it's not the site?

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 48 - 19/06/2024 10:34:22    2552928

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Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "Can see the Gaels potentially struggling this year. Really struggled in the league until Williams came back in, possibly too reliant on him? They're looking a bit stale, perhaps the drama of last year might have taken its toll mentally & physically on them
Castletown would be my favourites once they get through the round robin okay until Niall o brien returns from the states.
Raharney close 2nd favourites just whether they have the drive to do back to backs, John shaw definitely has them playing a nice brand.
Mickey Dan has his troops looking very fit and full of life. Return of Luke loughlin will be a boost now. If Mitchell is fit I can see them taking the 3rd place spot
I hear pollard have a full selection to chose from."
The Gaels have won 6 of their 7 matches in the league and are in the final v Castletown. Playing bad and winning games isnt a bad sign. However still have it all to come championship. You would still have Raharney/Castletown out in front. Gaels/Clonkill and if Pollard can get a full squad nipping on their heels. Good to see Plunkets back Senior A. Dont know much about their current squad but could possibly get a win somewhere. Will be a good cut throat championship. Im looking forward to it.

overdabar (Westmeath) - Posts: 243 - 19/06/2024 11:11:40    2552938

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Replying To overdabar:  "The Gaels have won 6 of their 7 matches in the league and are in the final v Castletown. Playing bad and winning games isnt a bad sign. However still have it all to come championship. You would still have Raharney/Castletown out in front. Gaels/Clonkill and if Pollard can get a full squad nipping on their heels. Good to see Plunkets back Senior A. Dont know much about their current squad but could possibly get a win somewhere. Will be a good cut throat championship. Im looking forward to it."
What's the date and venue for league final?

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 48 - 19/06/2024 12:36:38    2552963

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Replying To Premier12345:  "But the football is done properly so it's not the site?"
The display of hurling tables is different this year, go to a ACHL Division 1 result or fixture and click on ACHL Division 1 in the top left of the fixture the table will pop up, same goes for Divisions 2 and 3

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 564 - 19/06/2024 12:40:03    2552965

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