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The Gaels beat Raharney last night, great win for them.
Couldn't make the game, anyone at it with any insight to how it went?

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 465 - 09/08/2022 09:27:40    2436741

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Replying To Dheen:  "The Gaels beat Raharney last night, great win for them.
Couldn't make the game, anyone at it with any insight to how it went?"
don't think anyone could have seen that happen, supposedly raharney very bad with countless wides

Bunbros11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 67 - 09/08/2022 09:58:29    2436752

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Replying To Dheen:  "The Gaels beat Raharney last night, great win for them.
Couldn't make the game, anyone at it with any insight to how it went?"
Good game, Gaels played with 14 men for three quarters of the game. Gaels good at the back, Jogger playing at 7.

Thechick (Westmeath) - Posts: 181 - 09/08/2022 09:58:31    2436753

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Gaels winning certainly makes last couple of rounds for semi final spots very interesting. Clonkill look certain to qualify for final as a win against Cullion will guarantee that, they also have to play the Gaels, Raharney are now in knockout territory as another defeat or even a draw will see them eliminated. Polllard vs The Gaels in last round could be significant as will Raharney vs Castletown. Cullion now virtually certain to be relegated back to Senior B as they need to beat either Clonkill or Raharney to stay up.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 864 - 09/08/2022 10:20:21    2436757

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Gaels winning certainly makes last couple of rounds for semi final spots very interesting. Clonkill look certain to qualify for final as a win against Cullion will guarantee that, they also have to play the Gaels, Raharney are now in knockout territory as another defeat or even a draw will see them eliminated. Polllard vs The Gaels in last round could be significant as will Raharney vs Castletown. Cullion now virtually certain to be relegated back to Senior B as they need to beat either Clonkill or Raharney to stay up."
Gaels play pollard next Raharney have Castletown and clonkill play Cullion .

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 273 - 09/08/2022 13:29:52    2436808

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Replying To Westmeath213:  "Gaels play pollard next Raharney have Castletown and clonkill play Cullion ."
Best championship in years very competitive format working well.Same in senior B every match matters.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1118 - 09/08/2022 14:08:58    2436816

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Replying To Thechick:  "Good game, Gaels played with 14 men for three quarters of the game. Gaels good at the back, Jogger playing at 7."
Who stood out for the Gaels across the field? Fair going to win the game with 14 men for 50 minutes

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 465 - 09/08/2022 14:10:51    2436818

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Replying To Dheen:  "Who stood out for the Gaels across the field? Fair going to win the game with 14 men for 50 minutes"
David WIlliams scored some important difficult frees. The full back line played well as did the center back,midfield held their own .The gaels were busy up front with Shane Williams and young daly direct running causing Raharney problems .

Thechick (Westmeath) - Posts: 181 - 09/08/2022 15:53:35    2436838

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Clonkill in pole position but they're facing a lengthy lay off from competitive matches before October's county final. Cullion next which they'll win and then they're in the final approx 6-7 weeks before final. How they handle that time will be crucial. Their opponents at that stage which could be any one of 4 teams will almost certainly have won 3-4 knockout type championship matches so huge momentum. It's a great championship structure with the Gaels on 3 points which could easily be 6 or 0, their score difference is 0 after 3 matches. Pollard not out of contention either as they're playing their best hurling in 4-5 years and will fancy beating the Gaels.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 864 - 09/08/2022 16:04:46    2436840

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Easy win for Castletown this evening against a Cullion side that seems to have accepted they're heading back to Senior B. Castletown minus Aonghus Clarke, John Bermingham, Shane Clavin and Joe Clarke from the start and Niall O' Brien after 15 mins certainly appeared vulnerable but Cullion's tactics showed a lack of ambition. They played two sweepers for long stretches in the first half and lost any opportunity to put Castletown under pressure. Only the Regan brothers who were excellent stood out for Cullion while Castletown had influence from Naoise McKenna, Liam Varley, Conor Kane, Peter Clarke and Conor Lynch.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 864 - 10/08/2022 21:35:05    2437019

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Genuinely thought Cullion could improve on the Gaels game but obviously, the Gaels were poor. Even so, I'd expect Cullion to win Senior B next year.

Again it shows the big difference between 1st and 2nd tier hurling. Excusing Pollard's freak season when they went back up. Only Plunkett's or Delvin managed to stay Senior for more than a few years. Though that would have been when there were more teams playing senior.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 11/08/2022 12:32:35    2437052

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Wouldn't normally expect Cullion to beat Castletown but Buddah's outfit were seriously depleted last night and it seemed an ideal chance for Cullion. The standard was poor, but the disappointing aspect was they set up ultra defensively from the start and allowed a young, vulnerable Castletown side to gain confidence. Tactics are important but overthinking the game is a problem. Last night was Cullion's last chance to get points, they seemed sluggish and not up for it.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 864 - 11/08/2022 13:46:12    2437066

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Wouldn't normally expect Cullion to beat Castletown but Buddah's outfit were seriously depleted last night and it seemed an ideal chance for Cullion. The standard was poor, but the disappointing aspect was they set up ultra defensively from the start and allowed a young, vulnerable Castletown side to gain confidence. Tactics are important but overthinking the game is a problem. Last night was Cullion's last chance to get points, they seemed sluggish and not up for it."
Castletown's young players caused problems when they were let, particularly Peter Clarke and David O'Reilly. You'd imagine they'll go from strength to strength now with Aonghus Clarke, Shane Clavin, Joe Clarke, Johnny BermIngham and Niall O'Brien back for the next couple of games.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 465 - 11/08/2022 14:36:57    2437077

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How come Castletown are missing so many? Where was Aongus Clarke

gti (Westmeath) - Posts: 227 - 11/08/2022 14:43:24    2437081

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Replying To gti:  "How come Castletown are missing so many? Where was Aongus Clarke"
Maybe injuries, holidays or resting lads given the number of fixtures this time of year in both codes. They would have expected to walk to the win anyway. Cullion almost resigned to relegation, handy time to give minutes to young players.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 12/08/2022 12:39:29    2437154

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All of Castletown's absentees were injury related, some short term, Shane Clavin out for season, if they get over Raharney and Castlepollard then they'll be a real threat to Clonkill but they certainly need Aonghus, Niall, Johnny Bermingham back.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 864 - 12/08/2022 14:11:24    2437170

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "All of Castletown's absentees were injury related, some short term, Shane Clavin out for season, if they get over Raharney and Castlepollard then they'll be a real threat to Clonkill but they certainly need Aonghus, Niall, Johnny Bermingham back."
Castletown v Raharney is a huge game.If Castletown win the champions are out.I am not convinced about Castletown they were awful against Clonkill scraped over the line and beat Cullion easily enough.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1118 - 13/08/2022 10:39:35    2437251

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Replying To jobber:  "Castletown v Raharney is a huge game.If Castletown win the champions are out.I am not convinced about Castletown they were awful against Clonkill scraped over the line and beat Cullion easily enough."
Yes I agree, Castletown have failed to impress so far this year. I do think they'll click though and if they get their best 15 out against Raharney they could put them out of the championship.
Is Shane Clavin definitely gone for the season? I did hear he would make it back for upcoming games.
The Gaels are starting to hit form at the right time, I can see them getting a result vs Clonkill.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 465 - 13/08/2022 12:52:42    2437270

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should the championship be 8 teams, get rid of the senior b and have 8 intermediate teams too and same with junior, is there merits in senior b

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 651 - 14/08/2022 16:19:00    2437367

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Replying To preddan:  "should the championship be 8 teams, get rid of the senior b and have 8 intermediate teams too and same with junior, is there merits in senior b"
The senior B is a close competition but I preferred the two group senior system. It meant crooked wood and Delvin at the time topped the weaker group and built up a head of steam and played 3/4th place in the top group in a quarter final and ran them close.

Gaawestmeath (Westmeath) - Posts: 56 - 14/08/2022 20:11:48    2437413

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