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Replying To Undertheroad:  "Dempsey to Caulry almost done . Its a very positive appointment for Caulry very promising team with the right man they will have a decent chance winning the championship. As for Tang not sure why Higgins has departed maybe u could see Twaddle head there as travel wouldn't be a issue."
Declan Rowley (who is good pals with Dempsey and the reason Dempsey took the job) is no longer chairman of Killoe, so maybe that is why Dempsey is considering taking the Caulry job.
As for Twaddle, he is now joint manager and coach with Clonguish for next year.

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 93 - 23/11/2023 15:59:30    2514325

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Replying To Undertheroad:  "Dempsey to Caulry almost done . Its a very positive appointment for Caulry very promising team with the right man they will have a decent chance winning the championship. As for Tang not sure why Higgins has departed maybe u could see Twaddle head there as travel wouldn't be a issue."
Caulry have a good team but still about 5/6 good players off being anywhere near winning a championship. A few of Caulry players also jetting off to Australia. There must be some money out there at the moment! Heard Anthony Cunningham also interviewed for the job.

The gap between Lomans, Kinnegad and The Downs to the rest is massive. Athlone and Shamrocks look to be moving in the right direction put the two of them and Caulry miles off it in my opinion.

Martin McCabe has stepped down from Tubberclair but his backroom staff have taken over from him. Daniel Sammon and Gary Connaughton.

Higgins left Tang for personal reasons. Tang wouldn't be a job that would appeal to many. They will struggle big time in Group 1 next year.

Temple56 (Westmeath) - Posts: 359 - 23/11/2023 16:04:31    2514326

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Replying To Undertheroad:  "Dempsey to Caulry almost done . Its a very positive appointment for Caulry very promising team with the right man they will have a decent chance winning the championship. As for Tang not sure why Higgins has departed maybe u could see Twaddle head there as travel wouldn't be a issue."
Thats fantastic for Caulry. Success has followed Luke everywhere. He will bring a top trainer in with him, someone like Peter Tormey would be a good fit in Caulry. Tormey would know alot of the Caulry lads from Moate C S or maybe Damien Gavin. Damien was able to manage the county U20s and train Killoe this year, the split season allows him. Any odds on Caulry to win 2024 championship yet !

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 23/11/2023 16:11:13    2514327

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Replying To Temple56:  "Caulry have a good team but still about 5/6 good players off being anywhere near winning a championship. A few of Caulry players also jetting off to Australia. There must be some money out there at the moment! Heard Anthony Cunningham also interviewed for the job.

The gap between Lomans, Kinnegad and The Downs to the rest is massive. Athlone and Shamrocks look to be moving in the right direction put the two of them and Caulry miles off it in my opinion.

Martin McCabe has stepped down from Tubberclair but his backroom staff have taken over from him. Daniel Sammon and Gary Connaughton.

Higgins left Tang for personal reasons. Tang wouldn't be a job that would appeal to many. They will struggle big time in Group 1 next year."
That is a ome statement saying, "Tang wouldn't be a job that would appeal to many. They will struggle big time in Group 1 next year." I think most people said that they would struggle in Group 2 this year and we see how that turned out. Tang definitely wouldn't fear Caulry, Athlone or Tyrellspass in the group and I've no doubt the players would back themselves against the Downs and Kinnegad who they would be well used to playing and getting results against in recent years in the Division 1 League. I'm sure there are plenty of managers interested in taking over from Keith Higgins who has indeed stepped down for personal reasons. They might not be linked with the big money names that Caulry are being linked with to follow their last big money appointments but I'm sure Tang will have someone in place to match their ambitions.

mintyfresh (Westmeath) - Posts: 210 - 23/11/2023 17:43:48    2514347

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Luke Dempsey must be bringing 4-5 county players with him to Mount Temple if lads here think their potential county champions in 2024. Their main aim will be to stay in section A, long way off championship contenders

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 23/11/2023 18:41:36    2514359

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Replying To A_Chairde:  "Thats fantastic for Caulry. Success has followed Luke everywhere. He will bring a top trainer in with him, someone like Peter Tormey would be a good fit in Caulry. Tormey would know alot of the Caulry lads from Moate C S or maybe Damien Gavin. Damien was able to manage the county U20s and train Killoe this year, the split season allows him. Any odds on Caulry to win 2024 championship yet !"
Damian Gavin was not involved with Killoe.

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 93 - 23/11/2023 22:29:28    2514378

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Replying To mintyfresh:  "That is a ome statement saying, "Tang wouldn't be a job that would appeal to many. They will struggle big time in Group 1 next year." I think most people said that they would struggle in Group 2 this year and we see how that turned out. Tang definitely wouldn't fear Caulry, Athlone or Tyrellspass in the group and I've no doubt the players would back themselves against the Downs and Kinnegad who they would be well used to playing and getting results against in recent years in the Division 1 League. I'm sure there are plenty of managers interested in taking over from Keith Higgins who has indeed stepped down for personal reasons. They might not be linked with the big money names that Caulry are being linked with to follow their last big money appointments but I'm sure Tang will have someone in place to match their ambitions."
Tang are in group one next year.
The Downs are in group 2.
Beating the downs won't keep tang in group 1!

the21yardline (Westmeath) - Posts: 178 - 24/11/2023 13:01:47    2514458

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Replying To Frank74:  "Damian Gavin was not involved with Killoe."
My mistake.

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 24/11/2023 13:40:01    2514464

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Replying To mintyfresh:  "That is a ome statement saying, "Tang wouldn't be a job that would appeal to many. They will struggle big time in Group 1 next year." I think most people said that they would struggle in Group 2 this year and we see how that turned out. Tang definitely wouldn't fear Caulry, Athlone or Tyrellspass in the group and I've no doubt the players would back themselves against the Downs and Kinnegad who they would be well used to playing and getting results against in recent years in the Division 1 League. I'm sure there are plenty of managers interested in taking over from Keith Higgins who has indeed stepped down for personal reasons. They might not be linked with the big money names that Caulry are being linked with to follow their last big money appointments but I'm sure Tang will have someone in place to match their ambitions."
Tang now are probably a stronger team than Caulry were in 2020 when they last came up. The year in Group B will stand to Tang and as you mentioned theyre already mixing it with stronger teams in Division 1., I see them taking a few scalps next year. In Adam Neary they have one of the best forwards in the county, Shane Hanley and Shane Keenan will be with the county U20s again, Ronan Hanley and Ciaran Clear fine prospects too. Mix these lads in with the experience of the Rocks, Coughlans and Tommy Lennon, theyre a solid team.

A_Chairde (Westmeath) - Posts: 155 - 24/11/2023 13:56:31    2514469

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Replying To the21yardline:  "Tang are in group one next year.
The Downs are in group 2.
Beating the downs won't keep tang in group 1!"
They are. Well observed. A simple mistake on my end. I think my overall point's may have been missed or if not they were valid seeing as that all you could find fault with was a small error on my part. I never said they would beat the downs to stay in group 1.

mintyfresh (Westmeath) - Posts: 210 - 24/11/2023 14:10:27    2514473

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Luke Dempsey must be bringing 4-5 county players with him to Mount Temple if lads here think their potential county champions in 2024. Their main aim will be to stay in section A, long way off championship contenders"
Ambition and the right management will put Caulry right in the mix for winning a championship quter final in 2022 semi final 2023 and your knowledge of Westmeath football puts them a long way off championship contenders they have some very decent players

Undertheroad (Westmeath) - Posts: 32 - 24/11/2023 18:04:12    2514508

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Some decent players and winning a championship are poles apart. Caulry significantly behind Loman's The Downs and Kinnegad and a game between Caulry and Moate or Caulry vs Shandonagh would be 50-50

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 25/11/2023 13:40:07    2514556

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Some decent players and winning a championship are poles apart. Caulry significantly behind Loman's The Downs and Kinnegad and a game between Caulry and Moate or Caulry vs Shandonagh would be 50-50"
Lomans not going to go on forever especially when they can't make a fist of Lenister it will probably knock them back for the coming year look what happened The Downs this year should be a dog fight with themselves , Moate and Shandonagh to get into quater final next year by your ratings of teams . As for the rest a kick of a ball is all between them.

Undertheroad (Westmeath) - Posts: 32 - 25/11/2023 19:06:47    2514587

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Winning two games in Leinster and beaten in semi after extra time is 'not making a fist of Leinster.' Some high standards in your club, most clubs would think that's a decent enough effort.

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 26/11/2023 13:50:38    2514626

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How many lenister have the dream team won best players past it !!!!i Great stuff if you believe getting to a semi final is a achievement!!!!! You probably from Maryland

Undertheroad (Westmeath) - Posts: 32 - 27/11/2023 00:36:23    2514664

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I'm no fan of Loman's , but the idea that they didn't make a fist of Leinster is rubbish. The smart money is on them winning the championship again next year. There will be no shortage of motivation with Heslin, Reilly, Whelan, (and maybe a couple of others?) going for their 8th win, to equal the record. Plus I'm presuming they'll have O'Hara back too, seeing as he's finished in Australia. Kinnegad should keep improving, and The Downs if they get the majority of their players back and focused will push hard. The rest are a few steps behind.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 439 - 27/11/2023 09:56:03    2514680

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Caulry will be senior for a good while yet, there underage is strong and have serious financial backing which makes a difference like it or not, add in there good u19 players into the squad it makes there bench a bit stronger, i think they are poor enough at 15s and 13s so they will probably have 6 or 7 years at a crack at senior but i cant seem them making it past the semi final unless the draw falls in there favour. Lomans will be the top team for the foreseeable future, The downs underage success has dryed up but will be lomans main threat, Kinnegad will Push maybe win 1 all going well in the next 6 years. After that who will contest ?, tyrllespass doing really well to be where they are considering underage, main players coming to an end, Tang are punching above there weight which is great to see but wont sustain it, no players coming through. Shandoangh could come good very strong 13s and 15s. Shamrocks i think in a few years will be back in contention. Garrycastle wont bounce back i dont think to where they were maybe back senior but thats about it.
Killucan i thought improved a lot last year but still the hurling hinders them, Malachys the same nearly junior now senior they wont contest. Athlone have a good age profile but no chance they will challenge, there underage has been operating in div 2 for most grades. Moate i think a team that will leap frog a lot, strong at every underage team and age profile is perfect. Tubberclare underage thriving but if they dont win an intermediate in 2 years they will just repeat history and lose players. Miltown and Miltownpass might win an intermdiate but dont have the underage numbers to make inroads at senior.
Someone will disagree with me here but i can see Lomans winning 6 out of the next 8.

PowellJohn3 (Westmeath) - Posts: 26 - 28/11/2023 12:15:05    2514847

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Caulry underage strong but yet poor enough at 13 and 15 according to you? Explain?

Claretandblue (Westmeath) - Posts: 1388 - 28/11/2023 13:09:35    2514861

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Replying To Claretandblue:  "Caulry underage strong but yet poor enough at 13 and 15 according to you? Explain?"
u15s struggled in Division 3.
u13s were Division 4.
Minors were division 1. Struggled, but no shame in that. A few clubs who were in div 2, would be better following their lead for u18 next year. 6 teams is too few for div 1.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 439 - 28/11/2023 13:38:35    2514867

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Any word on if the returning Fiona o'hara will link up with Westmeath squad this year?

Lakecounty94 (Westmeath) - Posts: 52 - 28/11/2023 14:32:53    2514880

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