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No club in Westmeath has ever fielded three teams in one age grade so that's not true. Quick check of underage tables shows Loman's unbeaten in Div 1 and winning one game in Division 2, it's a considerable achievement to field two teams in top two divisions, they beat The Downs in semi last Friday under lights, extra time needed, fantastic match,

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 16/10/2023 18:48:50    2508724

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Replying To A_Chairde:  "Congratulations to Shamrocks on winning their first Division 1 minor championship title in 15 years. A long time coming for them. Under 15 final is between St Lomans As and Shandonagh. St Lomans had three under 15 teams competing in the top two divisions in under 15, no other club had a second team. Lomans also beat Shamrocks to win the under 13 championship. The blue moon keeps rising over the town but nice to see Shamrocks winning the minor for a change."
Loman's certainly are the team to beat at underage but they didn't have 3 teams competing at under 15 level. They had 1 team in Division 1 and and a second team in Division 2 who got to the sheild final.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 33 - 16/10/2023 22:40:17    2508750

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Replying To Left Full:  "Would Loughagar (Clonkill) school be considered a Mullingar school. Its a known fact that Lomans approach parents in this area."
Loughegar is not a "town" school, no more than Taughmon. However Mullingar based parents are schooling their kids out of town for many reasons. Some can't get their 1st choice school in the lottery for places, others have family connections and a few want their kids in a quiter school.

There are plenty of people living in the area between Ballagh and Loughegar that would have had connections to Lomans. Both the GAA club and the hospital for work. I'd say it would have not be far off 50/50 between Lomans and the Downs in that area.

Lomans would have had players and coaches visiting the school to let the kids know about registration days etc for years. As do Clonkill which is kinda hilarious tbf.

Believe me when I say I'm not here to defend Lomans. To say "Approaching" parents in an area where they've been fairly well established is a stretch to say the least.

gedupoutofit (Westmeath) - Posts: 162 - 16/10/2023 23:50:55    2508754

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Replying To Yellow&Green:  "Loman's certainly are the team to beat at underage but they didn't have 3 teams competing at under 15 level. They had 1 team in Division 1 and and a second team in Division 2 who got to the sheild final."
Think Lomans and Shamrocks are the only clubs who were Division 1 for all 3 underage grades. Winning titles is nice, but any clubs that can sustain consistently being competitive at Div1 will build a solid base for adult. I don't think Lomans have won many minor titles (maybe 3 in total?) , but they are Div1 every single year.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 439 - 17/10/2023 10:05:58    2508767

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "No club in Westmeath has ever fielded three teams in one age grade so that's not true. Quick check of underage tables shows Loman's unbeaten in Div 1 and winning one game in Division 2, it's a considerable achievement to field two teams in top two divisions, they beat The Downs in semi last Friday under lights, extra time needed, fantastic match,"
Thanks. The wonderful Westmeath Gaa website has led me astray as Division 2 under 15 table states that Lomans have two teams competing in it.

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 17/10/2023 11:00:08    2508780

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Nice to see the website being praised for a change, too many hurlers on the ditch here critical of the county's social media profile.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 17/10/2023 14:35:56    2508849

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Does anyone know if there's anywhere to follow fixtures, results or tables for the under 19 competitions? Kind of like our best kept secret that it's happening at all. It's a useful grade for bridging the gap between underage and adult competition and not given enough respect or buy in imo. The county website has been fairly good this year in fairness, probably the best it's been, but just falling a little off with this one.

CleanShoulder (Westmeath) - Posts: 256 - 17/10/2023 16:18:31    2508878

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Nice to see the website being praised for a change, too many hurlers on the ditch here critical of the county's social media profile."
I for one found the website brilliant this year especially for underage fixtures and results. Long may it continue.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 33 - 17/10/2023 16:30:11    2508881

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Does anyone know if there's anywhere to follow fixtures, results or tables for the under 19 competitions? Kind of like our best kept secret that it's happening at all. It's a useful grade for bridging the gap between underage and adult competition and not given enough respect or buy in imo. The county website has been fairly good this year in fairness, probably the best it's been, but just falling a little off with this one."
Click the top corner of the under 19 fixture on the website and it brings you to the table.

Yellow&Green (Westmeath) - Posts: 33 - 17/10/2023 17:30:49    2508901

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Derry clubs moving back to U18 but allowing the players in their last year to play adult. Is that still a possibility in Westmeath in 2024? To have to wait until 19 seems very extreme particularly when it has never been the norm. Smaller clubs will surely struggle also.

TigerWoods90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 134 - 17/10/2023 21:45:20    2508948

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Replying To CleanShoulder:  "Does anyone know if there's anywhere to follow fixtures, results or tables for the under 19 competitions? Kind of like our best kept secret that it's happening at all. It's a useful grade for bridging the gap between underage and adult competition and not given enough respect or buy in imo. The county website has been fairly good this year in fairness, probably the best it's been, but just falling a little off with this one."
U19 Division 1 semi finals are on this Friday night.
Kinnegad V Caulry in Kinnegad at 8pm
Moate V St. Lomans in moate at 8pm

Division 2 still seems to be in the group stage.

Wmeath2 (Westmeath) - Posts: 174 - 17/10/2023 22:01:21    2508950

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Replying To TigerWoods90:  "Derry clubs moving back to U18 but allowing the players in their last year to play adult. Is that still a possibility in Westmeath in 2024? To have to wait until 19 seems very extreme particularly when it has never been the norm. Smaller clubs will surely struggle also."
The option was there but clubs didn't vote for it . Its off the table now ,we revert to evens next year and no player still eligible for minor (under 18 ) can play adult

Thechick (Westmeath) - Posts: 231 - 18/10/2023 09:58:24    2508968

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Replying To Wmeath2:  "U19 Division 1 semi finals are on this Friday night.
Kinnegad V Caulry in Kinnegad at 8pm
Moate V St. Lomans in moate at 8pm

Division 2 still seems to be in the group stage."
Caulry have a very good team this year, Tiernan O Donovan, Tadhg Baker, Stuart Trainors and Brendan Mc Cormack (think hes related to Conor).
Should go one better than last year and win it out.

lakecounty90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 61 - 18/10/2023 10:14:15    2508974

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Replying To Thechick:  "The option was there but clubs didn't vote for it . Its off the table now ,we revert to evens next year and no player still eligible for minor (under 18 ) can play adult"
Surely clubs will look to revisit this at the Westmeath convention , having young lads wait untill they are over minor to play adult football is crazy. Again it suits the bigger clubs as they are struggling to supply football for all their young players coming through , whereas the opposite will apply to rural clubs struggling to field.

coffey (Westmeath) - Posts: 10 - 18/10/2023 12:10:56    2509016

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Replying To coffey:  "Surely clubs will look to revisit this at the Westmeath convention , having young lads wait untill they are over minor to play adult football is crazy. Again it suits the bigger clubs as they are struggling to supply football for all their young players coming through , whereas the opposite will apply to rural clubs struggling to field."
Agreed; being sold the fixture congestion excuse from the county board also. Minor has been Monday nights for the past number of years and never is there adult competitions on a Monday night.

Clubs need to be responsible and should not be looking to change games to facilitate minors on their adult teams either to be fair. But a footballer not being allowed play adult until 19 is a joke all being said; there is junior B and Div 4/5 for lads who don't make the first team immediately and they will develop just as well playing at that level as well as minor.

TigerWoods90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 134 - 18/10/2023 17:55:50    2509123

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Replying To lakecounty90:  "Caulry have a very good team this year, Tiernan O Donovan, Tadhg Baker, Stuart Trainors and Brendan Mc Cormack (think hes related to Conor).
Should go one better than last year and win it out."
not only will Caulry win the Westmeath title, but they will also win Leinster, All Ireland, European and World titles also. Caulry's over confidence and arrogance came back to bite them in the Senior Championship this year. Were they not meant to win that too? I see you learned from that experience!!

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts: 593 - 19/10/2023 08:17:43    2509162

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Expected but good news news last night as Dessie confirmed to stay on. Damien Gavin also staying with U20s for fifth year .

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 19/10/2023 13:42:20    2509238

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So Dessie eventually confirmed for another year. Backroom to be confirmed. Question mark over Jason Sherlock it seems. Not sure why it took so long, maybe Dessie wasn't sure. No harm to have a new voice coming in as well to add to existing group. Any whispers out there ?

BigSur (Westmeath) - Posts: 1121 - 19/10/2023 13:51:53    2509241

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Any word on potential managerial appointments yet ?

TheGaaMan77 (Westmeath) - Posts: 26 - 19/10/2023 14:08:37    2509245

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Replying To BigSur:  "So Dessie eventually confirmed for another year. Backroom to be confirmed. Question mark over Jason Sherlock it seems. Not sure why it took so long, maybe Dessie wasn't sure. No harm to have a new voice coming in as well to add to existing group. Any whispers out there ?"
back in tailteann so not much progress in first year . if we are not promoted next year he has to go

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1759 - 20/10/2023 10:56:11    2509376

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