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Replying To jobber:  "For the good of Westmeath hurling I hope you are correct and the same goes for Daragh Mccormack recovering from his injury a young man with huge potential.We have had problems with a shortage of ball winning forwards at the highest level for a while now but young players like him Mcgrath of Raharney and O Reilly from Castletown could make a massive difference.
Could we put David Williams in that category.
Our under 20 team has real potential.Any word on a manager?"
I really hope the county board put a good management team in place for the u20s, I'm excited by them, they have great potential. I was looking at the players available and you could field a very formidable starting 15 with about 5/6 strong subs to bring in.
You'd be looking at something like,

1. Sean Jackson
2. Jack Murtagh
3. Josh Murtagh
4. Conor Gaffney
5. Darragh Smith
6. Rhian Holding
7. David Maloney
8. Peter Clarke
9. Ivan Smyth
10. Joe Mulvaney
11. David O'Reilly
12. Peter Murphy
13. Conor Heffernan
14. Darragh McCormack
15. David Williams

On paper the strongest we've had at this grade since 2016/2017.
It's vital they have a solid management team with them. Shame Andrew Dermody stepped away, he would have done wonders with them.

Ian Corrigan will be in charge of a promising minor team as well.
I'll be accused of hyping young players up, but we should be backing them. The quality is there and they deserve the recognition and support next year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 15/10/2023 13:46:25    2508445

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Replying To Dheen:  "I really hope the county board put a good management team in place for the u20s, I'm excited by them, they have great potential. I was looking at the players available and you could field a very formidable starting 15 with about 5/6 strong subs to bring in.
You'd be looking at something like,

1. Sean Jackson
2. Jack Murtagh
3. Josh Murtagh
4. Conor Gaffney
5. Darragh Smith
6. Rhian Holding
7. David Maloney
8. Peter Clarke
9. Ivan Smyth
10. Joe Mulvaney
11. David O'Reilly
12. Peter Murphy
13. Conor Heffernan
14. Darragh McCormack
15. David Williams

On paper the strongest we've had at this grade since 2016/2017.
It's vital they have a solid management team with them. Shame Andrew Dermody stepped away, he would have done wonders with them.

Ian Corrigan will be in charge of a promising minor team as well.
I'll be accused of hyping young players up, but we should be backing them. The quality is there and they deserve the recognition and support next year."
A few questions are Oisin Loughlin(Clonkill),Eamon Cuneen,Michael Doherty (Raharney,Sean Leech(Turin) and Purcell(Brownstown) underage next year

jobber (Westmeath) - Posts: 1369 - 15/10/2023 17:57:18    2508485

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Replying To jobber:  "A few questions are Oisin Loughlin(Clonkill),Eamon Cuneen,Michael Doherty (Raharney,Sean Leech(Turin) and Purcell(Brownstown) underage next year"
Not sure about Purcell but the other 3 are over age.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 15/10/2023 18:30:44    2508498

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Replying To 35OLT:  "And when push comes to shove it will all come to naught when the Leinster club championship kicks off and the Westmeath team can't get past the 1st round.
That's the real arbiter of where hurling is in the county.
If Raharney can break the duck this year and press towards a first Leinster final appearance, that raises the bar of expectations in Westmeath moving forward.
Carlow/laois/Offaly clubs have appeared in/won Leinster finals over the past 15 years.
This I would love to see from Westmeath."
Last two outings by westmeath club teams have been 25 and 19 point defeats in leinster. Can't see that changing too much.

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 15/10/2023 21:04:00    2508539

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Replying To Premier12345:  "Last two outings by westmeath club teams have been 25 and 19 point defeats in leinster. Can't see that changing too much."
Depends ballyhale if get will probably win it. It depends balkyboden good side but raharney capable of doing well against them. Don't write off westmeath teams completely not saying will win but things can change and can be competitive.

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 16/10/2023 08:24:48    2508567

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Replying To Gaaforlife2023:  "Depends ballyhale if get will probably win it. It depends balkyboden good side but raharney capable of doing well against them. Don't write off westmeath teams completely not saying will win but things can change and can be competitive."
Think Na fianna will win Dublin after taking out crokes and lucan. Boden on the old side. Still good but not as good as a few year's back

Premier12345 (Tipperary) - Posts: 38 - 16/10/2023 13:23:29    2508628

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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."
I would agree that the referee was playing for a draw which backfired for him as he didn't think they'd score a goal. Looking at down wanting to bring David gough in for the final? Should this be the standard for county finals? A neutral referee, I don't think there has been enough made of that last free out for Raharney, probably 2 stone wall free ins before that, also where ciaran Doyle struck the free from is debatable, also not enough made of the fact that Mickey Dan hurled for Raharney once upon a time

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 206 - 16/10/2023 13:53:56    2508641

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Replying To Premier12345:  "Last two outings by westmeath club teams have been 25 and 19 point defeats in leinster. Can't see that changing too much."
Raharney lost to shinrone in a challenge game last week and we seen what Kilcormac did to them they will have no hope against the dublin champions time for a bit of realism

fireplace69 (Westmeath) - Posts: 13 - 16/10/2023 14:19:15    2508653

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Replying To jobber:  "For the good of Westmeath hurling I hope you are correct and the same goes for Daragh Mccormack recovering from his injury a young man with huge potential.We have had problems with a shortage of ball winning forwards at the highest level for a while now but young players like him Mcgrath of Raharney and O Reilly from Castletown could make a massive difference.
Could we put David Williams in that category.
Our under 20 team has real potential.Any word on a manager?"
Clonkill man Kevin O'Brien set to be ratified as westmeath Under-20 hurling manager on Wednesday.
John Shaw of Raharney and Brendan Murtagh are his selectors.

Greenandgoldie (Westmeath) - Posts: 98 - 16/10/2023 14:20:09    2508654

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Replying To Greenandgoldie:  "Clonkill man Kevin O'Brien set to be ratified as westmeath Under-20 hurling manager on Wednesday.
John Shaw of Raharney and Brendan Murtagh are his selectors."
Glad to hear of it, strong management team. Should do well with this talented crop of players.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 16/10/2023 14:49:25    2508663

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Fair to point out that Raharney had 18 wides in county final. This idea that the Gaels deserved to win doesn't bear scrutiny, Raharney we're always there or thereabouts, shot far more wides and struck a magnificent winning goal inside the declared one minute injury time.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 16/10/2023 16:18:43    2508685

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Replying To Greenandgoldie:  "Clonkill man Kevin O'Brien set to be ratified as westmeath Under-20 hurling manager on Wednesday.
John Shaw of Raharney and Brendan Murtagh are his selectors."
There was a good management team in place this year, I hear Andy Dermody is training the Westmeath senior ladies football team next year, wonder was he approached to do the under 20's next year.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 17/10/2023 19:47:15    2508935

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "There was a good management team in place this year, I hear Andy Dermody is training the Westmeath senior ladies football team next year, wonder was he approached to do the under 20's next year."
Do you are saying a lad that won 3 snr championships and two of our greats is not a good thing.....

Greenandgoldie (Westmeath) - Posts: 98 - 18/10/2023 10:13:41    2508973

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Just reading report in the examiner of the intermediate final and it says that whoever won wouldnt be able to be promoted to senior B because they are second string teams, is this right or wrong? I'm nearly sure that clonkil and raharney played Senior B in recent years after winning the intermediate

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 26 - 18/10/2023 11:23:04    2508998

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Replying To Greenandgoldie:  "Do you are saying a lad that won 3 snr championships and two of our greats is not a good thing....."
Did I say anything like that?? Just wondering why a good management team would only do one year, or if they were asked back. They done very well with the group last year. Maybe they didn't want to go back for another year.

stonemadbeany (USA) - Posts: 535 - 18/10/2023 11:36:11    2509003

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Andrew Dermody withdrew from the role as under 20 manager months ago, players were informed of this development, County board had no choice but to seek a new manager, to their credit they've appopinted someone with a proven track record at club level here and in Offaly.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1394 - 18/10/2023 11:41:52    2509007

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Replying To Hurlingmad12:  "Just reading report in the examiner of the intermediate final and it says that whoever won wouldnt be able to be promoted to senior B because they are second string teams, is this right or wrong? I'm nearly sure that clonkil and raharney played Senior B in recent years after winning the intermediate"
That has to be an error on the examiners part. Castletown will be playing senior B next year.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 18/10/2023 12:36:05    2509021

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Andrew Dermody withdrew from the role as under 20 manager months ago, players were informed of this development, County board had no choice but to seek a new manager, to their credit they've appopinted someone with a proven track record at club level here and in Offaly."
Dermody did two years with the u20s in fairness to him and is definitely a big part in how well they've been developing. Kevin O'Brien managed the u20s a few years ago when we had that titanic battle with Laois down in O'Moore Park. It's a far more talented u20 team he has at his disposal this year and with Brendan Murtagh and John Shaw alongside him it's definitely promising.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 698 - 18/10/2023 12:39:41    2509022

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Replying To stonemadbeany:  "Did I say anything like that?? Just wondering why a good management team would only do one year, or if they were asked back. They done very well with the group last year. Maybe they didn't want to go back for another year."
Did 2 years. It was a two year appointment. I agree he did a good job. Maybe county board just wanted a proven manager to take to next level

Greenandgoldie (Westmeath) - Posts: 98 - 18/10/2023 12:40:51    2509023

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Replying To Hurlingmad12:  "Just reading report in the examiner of the intermediate final and it says that whoever won wouldnt be able to be promoted to senior B because they are second string teams, is this right or wrong? I'm nearly sure that clonkil and raharney played Senior B in recent years after winning the intermediate"
Get promoted but just don't enter Leinster hurling championship I'm nearly sure

westmeathgaa11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 206 - 18/10/2023 12:59:35    2509028

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