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Replying To preddan:  "Great game, very much enjoyed it, I hope the gaels come back next year and get the job done, v unlucky to lose, then again raharney missed alot of chances too overall a draw would have been fairest result. Derek mcnicolls goal where he turned with his back to goal and placed in top corner was class, some great scores by both sides. With kilmacud gone out of Dublin championship maybe raharney could do something in leinster afterall,"
Heard it was a great final I didn't get the chance to watch it it was u12 finals day down here. With the Kilkenny, Wexford, and Offaly champions all on the other side of the draw why shouldn't Raharney get to a final with the players they have? Tbh with the players they have they should be able to give anyone a good game.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11218 - 09/10/2023 09:58:35    2507486

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Replying To Viking66:  "Heard it was a great final I didn't get the chance to watch it it was u12 finals day down here. With the Kilkenny, Wexford, and Offaly champions all on the other side of the draw why shouldn't Raharney get to a final with the players they have? Tbh with the players they have they should be able to give anyone a good game."
They'll have to improve, Lough Lene Gaels played the better hurling and were better from general play. Were undone by Killian Doyle's brilliance in the last minute of the game. They have the players but whoever comes out of Dublin will be a big challenge in Mullingar.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 09/10/2023 10:19:43    2507492

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Very good advertisement for hurling in Cusack yesterday. It was my first time seeing the Gaels in few years and they brought so much to an absorbing final. They are desperately unlucky not to be waking up as county champions this morning. Killian Doyle is a master of his trade.

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 156 - 09/10/2023 10:45:20    2507507

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Replying To Dheen:  "They'll have to improve, Lough Lene Gaels played the better hurling and were better from general play. Were undone by Killian Doyle's brilliance in the last minute of the game. They have the players but whoever comes out of Dublin will be a big challenge in Mullingar."
The teams left in Dublin are pretty good. Nafianna in particular who should have bet crokes a few years back are very strong. Boden also. Naas would be a team I think will go far this year once out of kildare.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 09/10/2023 10:56:23    2507515

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A cracking game of hurling in great conditions. Both teams got great scores, but some of the Gaels points were outrageous. Easy for me to say it but if Jogger could've got back into the full back line before the last Raharney free, the way he was playing he would've caught that ball and drove it up the field. The u-17 game was very entertaining too, a great days hurling in Cusack.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 09/10/2023 12:23:05    2507540

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "You're hardly from Clonkill?? From what I hear Clann na Gael are stronger at under 13 and will win it."
Unfortunately not, but I'm happy with my own little clubs progress this year. Clonkill beat Clan Na Gaels 23 points to 9 in championship so that surely puts them hot favourites.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 09/10/2023 15:34:52    2507592

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Replying To Dheen:  "Also heard Clann Na Gael are the team to beat in u13"
Seen both teams first hand and Clonkill are far superior.They hammered Clan Na Gaels in round 5. The only difference Clonkill were respectful to the weaker clubs and tailored there teams to suit the opposition.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 09/10/2023 15:42:02    2507595

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Replying To Premier12345:  "The teams left in Dublin are pretty good. Nafianna in particular who should have bet crokes a few years back are very strong. Boden also. Naas would be a team I think will go far this year once out of kildare."
Dublin clubs have been pretty strong for many years now. But Raharney have a good team too.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 11218 - 09/10/2023 15:43:42    2507596

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Replying To Yellow&Green:  "Seen both teams first hand and Clonkill are far superior.They hammered Clan Na Gaels in round 5. The only difference Clonkill were respectful to the weaker clubs and tailored there teams to suit the opposition."
We are being very disrespectful to Castletown who will play Clan Na Gael in a semi final.Never ever rule out a Castletown underage team.As far as the 3-14 to 9 scoreline those kind of results can happen at under 13.Na Piarsaig had beaten Clonkill in the championship league section.Clan Na Gael beat Clonkill in the league final so would say that Clonkill are favourites but not hot favourites.

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1369 - 09/10/2023 16:35:49    2507611

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How could Jogger get back to prevent Killian's goal ? Ciaran Doyle launched a quick free about 75 metres, that's what caused the chance, he deserves credit for his quick thinking, the Gaels had no chance to get organised defensively, Killian got a break, no better man, Ray Gavin on commentary who was excellent said most players would have taken a point to level matters, never on Killian's mind, one of the truly great county final goals and the other two second half ones yesterday were pretty special too.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 09/10/2023 16:59:34    2507619

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "How could Jogger get back to prevent Killian's goal ? Ciaran Doyle launched a quick free about 75 metres, that's what caused the chance, he deserves credit for his quick thinking, the Gaels had no chance to get organised defensively, Killian got a break, no better man, Ray Gavin on commentary who was excellent said most players would have taken a point to level matters, never on Killian's mind, one of the truly great county final goals and the other two second half ones yesterday were pretty special too."
When the Gaels went 2 points up you could see Jogger out around midfield and it looked like he was going back to defend, but he didn't. That's what I was talking about, he's not superman so obviously he wasn't going to get back when Raharney got the free.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 09/10/2023 17:26:12    2507626

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Replying To jobber:  "We are being very disrespectful to Castletown who will play Clan Na Gael in a semi final.Never ever rule out a Castletown underage team.As far as the 3-14 to 9 scoreline those kind of results can happen at under 13.Na Piarsaig had beaten Clonkill in the championship league section.Clan Na Gael beat Clonkill in the league final so would say that Clonkill are favourites but not hot favourites."
Agree 100% Castletown will be no push over and took care of Na Piarsaigh in the quarter finals which wasn't expected. As always they have plenty of talent hurlers over there and equally talented footballers as well at underage now.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 35 - 09/10/2023 20:41:26    2507650

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It was a great game of hurling both sides missed alot but I do think The Gaels deserved that win not taking away from Raharney there a great team and fair play to Killian for getting that goal not many would have went for it, but how can a Ref tell sideline officials there was only 1 minute of injury time left and then played an extra 2 minutes so 3 minutes extra time altogether he had numerous occasions to blow it up and didn't I think he was playing for a draw and it back fired on him. The better team lost in my opinion.

pollard123 (Westmeath) - Posts: 11 - 10/10/2023 10:00:32    2507674

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The goal was scored inside the one minute of injury time so how's that an issue. The Gaels were the better team but not on the scoreboard at the end. Harsh but reality

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 10/10/2023 10:41:21    2507682

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Replying To pollard123:  "It was a great game of hurling both sides missed alot but I do think The Gaels deserved that win not taking away from Raharney there a great team and fair play to Killian for getting that goal not many would have went for it, but how can a Ref tell sideline officials there was only 1 minute of injury time left and then played an extra 2 minutes so 3 minutes extra time altogether he had numerous occasions to blow it up and didn't I think he was playing for a draw and it back fired on him. The better team lost in my opinion."
Minimum 1 minute … MINUMUM

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 331 - 10/10/2023 11:40:52    2507696

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "The goal was scored inside the one minute of injury time so how's that an issue. The Gaels were the better team but not on the scoreboard at the end. Harsh but reality"
Killian Doyle was literally the difference between the sides. Top class hurler.
The Gaels will be back again next year and they will have no fear of anyone. They might have just fell short in the last minute to win the championship but to me they've broken the trident of Castletown Raharney and Clonkill, which can only be a good thing for Westmeath hurling.
Pollard and newly promoted Plunketts can take inspiration from the Gaels, they'll be disappointed but had a great year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 10/10/2023 11:43:09    2507699

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Replying To Dheen:  "Killian Doyle was literally the difference between the sides. Top class hurler.
The Gaels will be back again next year and they will have no fear of anyone. They might have just fell short in the last minute to win the championship but to me they've broken the trident of Castletown Raharney and Clonkill, which can only be a good thing for Westmeath hurling.
Pollard and newly promoted Plunketts can take inspiration from the Gaels, they'll be disappointed but had a great year."
One swallow doesn't make a summer. I'd be very surprised if the gaels make final again next year. Plunketts will be relegated straight down and pollard will be hard bet if they avoid injury to key players in 2024.

The big three will be there next again.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 10/10/2023 16:31:56    2507753

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On what basis will Pollard be hard bet? As reseda winning a championship or getting relegated, they'll definitely beat Plunketts but They were in a relegation situation in last match this year and it was a tight affair in Kinnegad, David Devine is apparently going away travelling, he'd be a huge loss to their attack, their better players like Alan Devine and Andrew Dermody are in their mid thirties, they don't have strength in-depth on the bench, Joe Rabbitte did his ACL so he'll do well to recover, I'd see Clonkill being vulnerable too next year, they have to rebuild or they'll lose lots of players in their early twentys, they'll need a keeper, centre back and full forward and a free taker.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 10/10/2023 19:41:00    2507786

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Replying To Premier12345:  "One swallow doesn't make a summer. I'd be very surprised if the gaels make final again next year. Plunketts will be relegated straight down and pollard will be hard bet if they avoid injury to key players in 2024.

The big three will be there next again."
theres a man that knows his hurling the gaels wont be back in the final next year i can guarantee you that Clonkill and CTG will be back

fireplace69 (Westmeath) - Posts: 13 - 10/10/2023 20:16:53    2507790

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Replying To fireplace69:  "theres a man that knows his hurling the gaels wont be back in the final next year i can guarantee you that Clonkill and CTG will be back"
Castletown and Raharney final next year, do we think this is a once off from the Gaels or have that team a championship in them

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 206 - 11/10/2023 09:52:12    2507823

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