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Well done Gaels on proving a lot of people wrong, myself included I must add. Must be said that the conditions played no small part in the outcome but that's not to take away from how they outfought and smothered Castletown. Goes to show what was probably in this group of players all along and now have a competent management team in place to get it out of them.

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 256 - 24/09/2023 19:40:24    2505470

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Well done Gaels on proving a lot of people wrong, myself included I must add. Must be said that the conditions played no small part in the outcome but that's not to take away from how they outfought and smothered Castletown. Goes to show what was probably in this group of players all along and now have a competent management team in place to get it out of them."
As far as I know its a new mgt this year but the mgt has been in place before?. Fair play to the gaels getting to the final. To say other mgts were not up to the job is very unfair and shows a lack of understanding of what it takes to be successful. Pat o brien was over Ctg, getting them to 3 county final in a row. The year after he stepped down, they won the final. Was he a poor manager? It takes multiple elements for a team to be successful. Last year Derek mcnicolas missed the entire championship with a broken foot, a huge loss. It take players , skill, application and no small dose of luck to win a championship.
Again well done to the gaels and hopefully they won't repeat the scoreline they suffered vs raharney last time out.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 24/09/2023 21:20:36    2505486

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Delighted for LLG, they have been touted for years as the "fourth" team in westmeath after the big 3 and I have been hoping for a breakthrough for them a long time. Still a final to be played though Raharney seem to be coming into form again and it won't be easy. Nothing against the big 3 teams all great teams with great history but it's time another team steps up, it would be great for hurling in north westmeath

preddan (Kildare) - Posts: 718 - 24/09/2023 21:52:23    2505490

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Replying To preddan:  "Delighted for LLG, they have been touted for years as the "fourth" team in westmeath after the big 3 and I have been hoping for a breakthrough for them a long time. Still a final to be played though Raharney seem to be coming into form again and it won't be easy. Nothing against the big 3 teams all great teams with great history but it's time another team steps up, it would be great for hurling in north westmeath"
Delighted for llg but what do you mean great for hurling in north Westmeath that's where 90% of the hurling is played it is however good for the county in general that a new team is in the final hopefully they put it up to raharney more than they did in the group stage

DanGer966 (Westmeath) - Posts: 21 - 24/09/2023 22:45:59    2505500

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Any elaboration on how previous Gaels management team was not up to scratch? Martin Williams was their manager for two years and left no stone unturned in his efforts, he didn't have the same quality as the current squad with young players like Eoin Daly, David Williams coming to the fore this year and injuries played a big role too.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 24/09/2023 23:45:53    2505504

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Replying To westmeathgaa11:  "LLG, ringtown delvin, clonkill brigids"
Not a bad shout, only brigids would have let me down if I was a betting man

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 206 - 25/09/2023 08:53:35    2505519

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Well done to Lough gaels, wanted ctg win as have some relatives from there but conditions dreadful but the game was very entertaining for the weather. Gaels seemed to want it a bit more and slightly more efficient. Raharney will be strong favourites but love see galels do well.

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 25/09/2023 08:55:45    2505520

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Who represents Westmeath in the Junior Leinster Championship? Both teams in intermediate final are 2nd teams?

Temple56 (Westmeath) - Posts: 361 - 25/09/2023 09:38:44    2505526

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Replying To Temple56:  "Who represents Westmeath in the Junior Leinster Championship? Both teams in intermediate final are 2nd teams?"
Either Bridget's or southern gales I think… possible which ever one of those finished higher in the league phase of the championship?

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 331 - 25/09/2023 10:52:14    2505549

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Any more on if Kevin O'Brien and John Shaw are joining Joe Fortune's management team for the new season? And is Andrew Dermody staying on as u20 manager? I certainly hope he is, he's been fantastic. The u20 team will be the strongest it's been since 2016/2017 by all accounts.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 25/09/2023 11:50:50    2505575

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Replying To Dheen:  "Any more on if Kevin O'Brien and John Shaw are joining Joe Fortune's management team for the new season? And is Andrew Dermody staying on as u20 manager? I certainly hope he is, he's been fantastic. The u20 team will be the strongest it's been since 2016/2017 by all accounts."
Andrew Dermody is gone by all accounts but know nothing about other 2.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1369 - 25/09/2023 14:38:01    2505631

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Great with for LLG and best of luck to them in the final. While they were a powerhouse at the turn of the century, it's 20+ years ago now. Nonetheless, it's a healthy change for hurling in the county to see anyone other than the current big three in a final. Hopefully, this brings belief to the other teams and gives them all a lift. The big question for me is if LLG can find another gear and bring that to Raharney.

I saw the score in the Senior B and thought something was up. I see there were 4 red cards mentioned here but no match report yet. Was there a big melee or just individual reds/yellows?

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 163 - 25/09/2023 14:48:47    2505635

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Replying To jobber:  "Andrew Dermody is gone by all accounts but know nothing about other 2."
Surprised Dermody didn't hang on one more year with this group of players, they have great potential. The county board have to make sure the replacement is someone who is capable of carrying on where Dermody left off.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 25/09/2023 15:08:10    2505642

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Replying To gedupoutofit:  "Great with for LLG and best of luck to them in the final. While they were a powerhouse at the turn of the century, it's 20+ years ago now. Nonetheless, it's a healthy change for hurling in the county to see anyone other than the current big three in a final. Hopefully, this brings belief to the other teams and gives them all a lift. The big question for me is if LLG can find another gear and bring that to Raharney.

I saw the score in the Senior B and thought something was up. I see there were 4 red cards mentioned here but no match report yet. Was there a big melee or just individual reds/yellows?"
Watched it and Ringtown hurled Crookedwood off the pitch, alot of the red cards were towards the end of the game when the Wood were frustrated.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 25/09/2023 15:10:23    2505645

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Replying To gedupoutofit:  "Great with for LLG and best of luck to them in the final. While they were a powerhouse at the turn of the century, it's 20+ years ago now. Nonetheless, it's a healthy change for hurling in the county to see anyone other than the current big three in a final. Hopefully, this brings belief to the other teams and gives them all a lift. The big question for me is if LLG can find another gear and bring that to Raharney.

I saw the score in the Senior B and thought something was up. I see there were 4 red cards mentioned here but no match report yet. Was there a big melee or just individual reds/yellows?"
A melee at half time, 1 from each side shown red cards before the 2nd half started, 2 more Wood lads sent off at different stages in the 2nd half then. Everything went right for Ringtown once they settled into the game, the wood were 6-2 up after 20 minutes but went out of the game after that.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 25/09/2023 15:12:17    2505647

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Everything went right for Ringtown after the first 20 mins, in other words they were sharper, more disciplined, hungrier, forwards showed impressive levels of accuracy and they didn't concede needless frees. A massive performance that bodes well for the final against Plunketts.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 25/09/2023 16:18:19    2505674

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Everything went right for Ringtown after the first 20 mins, in other words they were sharper, more disciplined, hungrier, forwards showed impressive levels of accuracy and they didn't concede needless frees. A massive performance that bodes well for the final against Plunketts."
Totally agree, the Wood weren't able for Ringtowns running game and resorted to fouling them. Ringtown were younger and fitter than the wood, and the game was over before the sending offs in the second half.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 25/09/2023 18:06:59    2505692

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A super achievement for ringtown to reach senior B final on first year up from intermediate, Ringtown and Plunketts played in the intermediate final in 2021 and now meet again in senior B final just 2 years later. Shows really very little between intermediate and senior B. Would be unbelievable if Ringtown could jump 2 grades in consecutive years

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 26 - 25/09/2023 19:14:20    2505702

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pity to see neither Southern Gaels and Brigids getting into IHC final
the senior clubs have the playing numbers to hold back players from their first teams and regrade 'retired' players

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1885 - 25/09/2023 21:24:22    2505725

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Replying To Westmeath213:  "Either Bridget's or southern gales I think… possible which ever one of those finished higher in the league phase of the championship?"
Any clarification on this lads?

jfd (Westmeath) - Posts: 235 - 26/09/2023 10:14:07    2505752

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