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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Ballyhale cruised to victory three years ago versus Clonkill, it was never a contest, Clonkill's late goals put a flattering look on scoreboard, Ballyhale a different animal now after defeat in injury time of last year's All Ireland final, they've won Kilkenny at a canter and resting TJ today for bigger tests down the line shows their intent. Tipp champions were beaten by 14-15 last week by Ballygunner, there are three outstanding sides left in All Ireland club, Ballyhale, Na Piarsaigh and Ballygunner."
You obviously weren't at that match v clonkill because Clonkill didn't get any late goals, Murtagh did score two, one in first half and one early in second.
It's people like this that have agendas and don't deal I'm facts that give these forums a bad name. Clonkill got within 9 points.
CTG were beat by 25.
Ballyhale went on to win all-ireland in 19.
They are the facts

Onionbagger (Westmeath) - Posts: 57 - 13/11/2022 18:44:24    2447418

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Replying To Onionbagger:  "You obviously weren't at that match v clonkill because Clonkill didn't get any late goals, Murtagh did score two, one in first half and one early in second.
It's people like this that have agendas and don't deal I'm facts that give these forums a bad name. Clonkill got within 9 points.
CTG were beat by 25.
Ballyhale went on to win all-ireland in 19.
They are the facts"
No I was at that game and Ballyhale were under no threat from Clonkill.
So it sounds like you, who has an agenda.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 436 - 13/11/2022 21:13:02    2447453

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Replying To Onionbagger:  "You obviously weren't at that match v clonkill because Clonkill didn't get any late goals, Murtagh did score two, one in first half and one early in second.
It's people like this that have agendas and don't deal I'm facts that give these forums a bad name. Clonkill got within 9 points.
CTG were beat by 25.
Ballyhale went on to win all-ireland in 19.
They are the facts"
Also that game was played in Mullingar, not Nowlan Park.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 436 - 13/11/2022 21:13:46    2447454

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Replying To Onionbagger:  "Some hammering.

Clonkill got within 9 points of them in 2019

5 points in it with 10 to go, was a great game with TJ might I add.

That today was brutal for anyone involved with Westmeath hurling."
ONIONBREATH.. so ctg beat clonkill easily in the county final and lose heavily to ballyhale really doesnt look great if you are a clonkill supporter never mine a westmeath supporter. ctg are a young improving team future looks bright...

kilshamrocks (Westmeath) - Posts: 78 - 14/11/2022 13:35:04    2447519

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Ah lads, no one outside of a few CTG/Clonkill needlers actually gives fiddlers about the margin. They both lost and weren't going to win. Ballyhale is the best-ever hurling club in the country. They have 8x Club All Irelands and I can't imagine the number of all-stars or Celtic crosses on the mantlepieces in the area.

It still comes back to only having a 3x actual competitive senior teams in Westmeath and a small playing pool overall. Regardless, it was great to have a bunch of young CTG men get their chance against a top team. Hopefully it will stand to them and inspire them to increase their own standards to another level.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 152 - 14/11/2022 16:10:46    2447554

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That's a noble aspiration but speaking to a few who attended and what stood out was the sheer gap in physicality and obviously speed at which skills were completed at. Ballyhale are an incredible side but on yesterday's evidence would many of the Castletown players make their starting fifteen? That's the worrying aspect considering Joe Fortune would be relying on 5-6 Castletown players to be in his first fifteen or thereabouts. St. Mullins in Carlow and Naas produced big wins in the same competition, albeit against sides not at Ballyhale's level. Our club hurling sides have rarely threatened a big shock at provincial level.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 812 - 14/11/2022 17:31:55    2447571

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Replying To BigSur:  "Ringtown through to junior B final too."
Will they actually finish that competition?

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1867 - 14/11/2022 19:51:35    2447591

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Replying To kilshamrocks:  "ONIONBREATH.. so ctg beat clonkill easily in the county final and lose heavily to ballyhale really doesnt look great if you are a clonkill supporter never mine a westmeath supporter. ctg are a young improving team future looks bright..."
Future definitely bright for CTG. Peter Clarke and Jack Gallagher were very good vs Ballyhale, David O'Reilly has been excellent all year.
David Maloney, Peter Murphy, Sean Jackson etc to come up into that panel next year and challenge for a spot on the starting 15 as well.
As was rightly stated there, we need a couple of teams to come up to the standard of CTG, Raharney and Clonkill. Lough Lene Gaels and Pollard are the closest to it, time will tell if they come up to that standard, it'd be great for Westmeath if they did.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 436 - 14/11/2022 21:03:10    2447598

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Rumour has it that aonghus Clarke is opting out of the county hurling set up for next season

Westmeath213 (Westmeath) - Posts: 268 - 15/11/2022 20:16:28    2447711

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Replying To valley84:  "Will they actually finish that competition?"
Yep, both junior A and B finals on this Sunday

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 15 - 16/11/2022 08:18:39    2447718

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Replying To Westmeath213:  "Rumour has it that aonghus Clarke is opting out of the county hurling set up for next season"
He'll be a big loss if true, but he probably needs a break as well. He's been plagued with injuries of late and that's definitely impacted his form all year. A break away from constant training and games could be a good thing for him and might see him shake off the plaguing injuries he's been having the last while.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 436 - 16/11/2022 08:54:39    2447719

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Replying To Westmeath213:  "Rumour has it that aonghus Clarke is opting out of the county hurling set up for next season"
Big loss but maybe needs it injuries etc

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 13 - 17/11/2022 11:40:55    2447895

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "That's a noble aspiration but speaking to a few who attended and what stood out was the sheer gap in physicality and obviously speed at which skills were completed at. Ballyhale are an incredible side but on yesterday's evidence would many of the Castletown players make their starting fifteen? That's the worrying aspect considering Joe Fortune would be relying on 5-6 Castletown players to be in his first fifteen or thereabouts. St. Mullins in Carlow and Naas produced big wins in the same competition, albeit against sides not at Ballyhale's level. Our club hurling sides have rarely threatened a big shock at provincial level."
Outside ballhale ctg could be competitive balkuhale are one best teams ever

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 13 - 17/11/2022 11:42:31    2447897

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Replying To Hurlingmad12:  "Yep, both junior A and B finals on this Sunday"
Amazing

The junior b is often in January, or never

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1867 - 18/11/2022 12:47:01    2448037

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Tough times for you considering this weekend sees the culmination of all fixtures for the year, every final played, competitions completed, am sure you'll find a gripe somewhere though. Lot easier to light a candle than curse the dark I find.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 812 - 18/11/2022 16:26:20    2448097

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It hasn't been mentioned here yet but well done to St Oliver Plunketts on winning the u15 Division 1 championship, finally a team has broken the dominance held by Clonkill, Castletown and Raharney.
Hopefully this is a sign of other clubs coming up to that level now, Plunketts have been doing great work recently.

Dheen (Westmeath) - Posts: 436 - 20/11/2022 09:28:56    2448201

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Replying To valley84:  "Amazing

The junior b is often in January, or never"
I saw on one of the Westmeath gaa socials that Junior B was postponed

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 152 - 21/11/2022 15:42:31    2448342

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Replying To gedupoutofit:  "I saw on one of the Westmeath gaa socials that Junior B was postponed"
Its refixed for this Saturday, fair play to county board for postponing last minute due to a family emergency in one of the teams

Hurlingmad12 (Westmeath) - Posts: 15 - 22/11/2022 08:39:24    2448380

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